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The NHS must not pay for the failures of bankers


I agree with every word written by Dave Prentice. So,why is there a problem? There is a big problem due to the fact that the majority of UNISON reps are cosily tucked up in bed with management( a very corrupt management, supported by its Human resources sidekicks).I worked with a resident bully for 2 years, I watched colleagues being bullied out of their posts.Then it was my turn, I was subjected to intimidation from the top, when i refused to treat patients in dirty conditions. This was further compound when I refused to sign a flawed job description forAfc.I had no choice but to resign and take a job in the private sector with less favourable conditions.I secured the support of a UNISON rep who gave the impression that he would support. He appeared to be supporting me until the situation rached a crucial stage. He then changed over to supporting management. when i challenged him about his conduct,he refusedto take the case any further. I then found another Unison rep who gave the impression that he was representing me. Our first meeting was in UNiSon office garden, where i was subjected to his chain-smoking. the next meeting, I had to wait 30 minutes ,as he had slept in. He arrived reeking of alcohol & nicotine. I took out a grievance against managemengt and soon discovered that he too was working for management. Luckily ,i found an organisation called CAUSE that helps the targets of bullies. CAUSE put me in touch with local nurses who were being betrayed by their so called UNISON reps.Through them i found an honest UNISON rep who is helping me to bring my case to a satisfactory conclusion. So, while i agree with whatDave Prentice is saying, does he know how members are,or are not being represented. How can a nurse deal with something as unacceptable as dirty working conditions, when senior managers, Human Resources and Unison representatives collude to discredit them? Unison reps need to be trained to represent the members who pay their wages. it would be helpful if Dave Prentice could address this very serious situation. Kathleen White Edinburgh

Posted date

10 January, 2010

Posted time

8:14 pm