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Part of the union

One thing is for sure, during my lifetime, the powers of the unions have changed dramatically. What you have to remember, all these young folk reading this, is that I’m old enough to remember the bad old days of Trade Unions in the 70’s, and 80’s, which have no resemblance nowadays. Yes, that does mean the video tonight is showing its age lol!

My first workplace in 1974 was a ship repair yard, and was a union stronghold. Admittedly, more than one union, as we office folk were in one suitable for us, whereas all the welders, labourers, and other various roles in the actual shipyard were all in their own relevant union.

I might add, that in my 2 years there, not once was there a strike, threatened strike, or anything else like that at work, though there were plenty that affected my life, for sure! After that, and possibly P&O head office, when promoted, I havent been in a union since…until now!

Yes, I wasnt in roles that had a union stance for most of that time, but I had no interest in being in one anyway. Yes, until now!

The thing is, unions today are a totally different animal to back then. And yes, though Civil Servants dont have to join one, the group I work in, actually approves of staff being union members, so why not? They seem to be doing a good job for their members, do not call strikes for the most stupid reasons, so all in all, I’ve jumped back in.

So, turning circle, for now at least, my first job, I was in a union, and what is currently my last one too. In between, nope! The only other union I wouldnt mind having to join would be Equity! Oh, that would be so nice!

Right, video. Yes, as I say, this song dates back to the bad old days of unions, though I’m pretty sure this is a more recent performance than that

Back in the old routine

I doubt many will know the pop group concerned here in the video, if it wasnt for the category giveaway at least lol! Its only frightening what ancient songs I can vaguely remember at times!

Yes, tomorrow, I finally get back in the old routine, a fortnight after I stopped work for my holiday. Wisely, I asked for my days off this week to be Monday and Tuesday, just in case I needed it, to get over the jet lag. And yes, doing so yesterday was a pretty wise move in all honesty. Today might have been fine, but given its my normal day off…I stuck with it.

The journey back was actually fine, both flights were a few minutes late, but I do only mean a few, this time around. Given I wouldnt be flying with American Airlines again before next April (Aer Lingus have a far better Boston connection), I have time to mellow my thoughts about them, but I suspect I will at least look at other airlines when booking that trip. Connection times, and prices will play a bigger part in my choice though, thats for sure. And yes, I know pretty much where I’m going then, in fact I do for both holidays next year, and I suspect the first for 2014 as well. Frightening, or what?

For better or worse, tomorrow is just a short day at work, just 5 hours. Unfortunately that means that the rest of the week isnt so good lol! I’m sure I will quickly get back in the old routine, I usually do to be honest. Mind, its just a matter of how long before I start counting down to the next holiday (flight now booked) all the same.

Going to be a busy weekend, thats for sure. The first 2 horse racing classics of the year, which I knew about, and as I found out today, the FA cup final too. Shows how much I care about soccer lol! World Snooker final might attract my interest more though. Oh, and being a bank holiday weekend, public transport will be a delight too, with Sunday bus services on Monday as well, oh joy!

So yes, excuses being made, I make no promises as to the time of the next blog, probably as reliable as Trans Pennine Express again now lol!

So alright, as promised, we are