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Hopping mad with the CSP

Am I the only person who was dismayed by the front cover of 2 November Frontline, which stated boldly ‘Vote yes!’

I object to the use of our professional journal for this purpose, for the following reasons:

  1. I do not believe that the society should tell anyone how to vote on any issue. I am not a sheep and I will use my reasoning to evaluate all arguments and make up my own mind.
  2. I object to the funds of the CSP being used for such a campaign when there are better uses to which they can be put.
  3. The CSP abandoned its old ‘strap-line’ that stated: ‘Physiotherapy recognised, respected, rewarded’ not least because members complained it was a self-serving mantra about what physiotherapists wanted. The urge to vote on the matter of pensions will certainly be seen as self-serving.

Years of paying into my own private pension scheme have proved fruitless since it crashed and is now worth just £2000 annually.

What will I do? Work harder and longer. I have no choice
Jean Kelly (by email)
 

Imbalanced coverage

The recent coverage (2 November) of the pension ballot cannot be called balanced or unprejudiced.


As a magazine representing all members, there should have been comments from at least one CSP member who was going to vote against the strike action.

As approximately one eighth of the membership who voted was against the action, the coverage was clearly not representative of all of the membership.

Good journalism gives good representation of a situation and it is disappointing that Frontline is not demonstrating this.
Jill Pope, Liverpool


Editor’s response:

Frontline is the magazine for CSP members and is one of the main ways the society has to communicate with its members.

It is written by professional journalists who are trained to check facts and cover issues in a balanced way.

Frontline is not independent of the CSP. It reflects the CSP’s policies and priorities. It reports on the decisions made by CSP elected member representatives.

The Industrial Relations (IR) Committee recommended that CSP should ballot members in the NHS and those working in related social enterprise bodies. They also recommended a vote for strike action. This was therefore the message that went out in the magazine.

There was a very high turnout (66 per cent) and an overwhelming vote in favour of industrial action (86 per cent of those who voted said yes).

After a long meeting where members’ many concerns were raised and openly discussed, the IR committee endorsed the call for strike action. Again, this was reflected in the coverage Frontline gave in the 23 November issue.

Can’t be bothered?

Am I the only CSP member who is appalled at the 34 per cent of NHS members that couldn’t be bothered to vote, either for or against, on such an Important Issue as their future pensions?

CSP’s Indusrial Relations Committee may be happy that, of the 66 per cent who did ‘inconvenience’ themselves in voting, 86 per cent were in favour of strike action. (And I agree that, in a general election, 66 per cent isn’t too bad a turn-out.)

But this was far more Important than that: something that will directly affect each and every one of us currently working!

Considering this was a postal vote, with postage paid, what were you 34 per cent doing? What were you thinking of that was so important as to not vote on such an issue?

Answers on a postcard to… ach, forget it!
G. Fraser Smith. Inverness

Happy customer

Well done CSP for managing to keep the subscription increase low again.

It is 52 years since I qualified.

My starting salary then was £480 per annum and for a few years the subscription was held at a little over £4.

Thank you again.
Roger Waterworth (by email)

BURNING QUESTION

I am feeling stressed at work, what can I do?

Firstly, do not suffer in silence.

Try to think about what the root cause of the stress is, whether it is role conflict, change in the workplace, demand of your job, being bullied or some other issue.

Talk to your manager, a health and safety rep, steward or colleagues and also discuss the issue at home.

Your organisation may have a policy on dealing with stress as well as any particular cause such as bullying in the workplace

The CSP also have excellent resources on stress at work, at
www.csp.org.uk/publications/stress-work-advice-sheets

This is intended as general information only and does not replace individual advice.

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Article Information

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Issue date

7 December 2011

Volume number

17

Issue number

21

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