I think it is fair to say that extreme militant action by Trade Unions in the past led to a full-on challenge to Union power by Governments and a loss of support from the public. The press sells papers on bad news and the consequential impact Union action had on the public was, and still is by some, used to vilify the Trade Union work. What had been achieved, improvements in workers’ rights and protections, safer working conditions and the right to be consulted etc was all forgotten amidst violent confrontations and some unrealistic pay claims. Emotions ran high, and communities and families were split. Subsequently union membership dropped dramatically.
Today Union membership in the workplace is lower than it has been for many years and in too many cases Employers feel able to ignore best practice and pursue policies that are unfair knowing that unless the employee is a member of a union they face considerable legal hurdles in taking a claim to an Employment Tribunal.
On a daily basis we receive calls in the office from Pilots who have fallen foul of discipline, medical or capability processes but who are not a member of the IPA. Often the story they tell us is familiar and we know that in too many cases what they say is open to legitimate challenge, but we can’t help them. Union membership must be for the benefit of its members and taking on pre-existing conditions, i.e. agreeing to insure someone for a potential loss that occurred in the past is not fair to the members who have paid to be protected by membership of the IPA at the time.
The moral of the story is that for a part tax deductible small fee full membership of the IPA is excellent value. The IPA is in your corner and as many members will testify, we have an honourable record of successfully defending members and protecting their rights in the workplace. We are a modern progressive Union that works hard every day to ensure members interests are protected, and our personal attention to members needs and interests will remain our primary focus going forward. So if you know of colleagues who are not in the IPA tell them about us and that we are always happy to chat if they have any questions.