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Unison Spreading Fear Through Propaganda

It should come as no surprise as we head towards a General Election that Unison comes along with a piece of pathetic fear spreading propaganda as a pro-Labour campaign.  Before I respond to this piece of garbage with some clear and simple home truths, let me make my stance clear.

Your average leftie may well start to rant about me being anti-union.  That is complete and utter garbage.  I speak as a former workplace union rep.  I am not anti-union nor am I anti management.  I am anti poor peformance, anti-stupidity and anti-impracticality.  Wherever it may come from, whether it is workers or management.  My response to an article by Harry Phibbs is one such example.  Some good ideas, some others not practical (in my view).

In my experience neither side holds the monopoly on best practice.  Neither holds the monopoly on half-wittedness.  And the local authorities I’ve seen have plenty of areas where things can be massively improved.  Note how I say improved and not cut.  Service provision can be improved by thorough assessment, review and retargeting.  Waste should be cut.  It’s not rocket science, it’s best value.  I speak from personal experience here.  Real world experience from both sides of the equation.

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LGA Wants To Ban Jargon – About Time!

The Local Government Association has published a list of jargon terms it wants banned.  It has sent a list to local councils of words and phrases it wants them to stop using.

“And about time!” was my first reaction to this, and that was reinforced when I saw the list.  I’ve always felt that spin belongs on the cricket field and not in the workplace.

Tony Collins has more on this including a list of offending words and phrases on his IT Projects blog at Computer Weekly.  If this desire on the part of the LGA has its intended effect, no longer will people in office meetings be able to play what I’ve been led to believe is called “Bull**** Bingo”.  That is the game where you write down a list of certain management and business phrases and, just like in a bingo game, you cross off a particular word or phrase when it is used, shouting “House!” when you have crossed off everything on your list.

Now shouting “House!” isn’t really a good idea in meetings – it marks you out for one thing – so usually a cough or a sneeze is regarded as the equivalent of shouting “House!”.  So I’m led to understand.

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