Saturday, February 28, 2009

Unite: Church of England job policies ‘not transparent’

The largest trade union in the country has said that Church of England appointment policies are ‘not transparent’, so they have decided to fire a few warning shots at that State Church.

Well, why not? It is a bandwagon much favoured by just about everyone else.

It strikes Cranmer that it is difficult to demand transparency when God works in mysterious ways.

But the self-styled ‘Union for Life’ says the church lacks even ‘basic procedures’ such as job descriptions. Apparently, its 2,500 ‘faith workers’ have a right to rely on more than faith in their employment.

Cranmer can think of one or two bishops who might certainly benefit from a job description.

Unite’s Rachael Maskell observes: “...the Church of England is introducing a range of new clergy terms of service policies, which include a capability procedure and ministerial development reviews. And yet there is no appointment process, which is remotely transparent, to judge someone's capability to do the job in the first place.

"If there is a work-related problem with a member of the clergy, the capability policy will only kick-in if the church deems that there is a problem with that individual. This clearly begs the question whether that member of the clergy was capable of doing their job when they were appointed.

"The Church of England argues that it is too busy to address the issue of appointments. Unite believes that it should do this first of all, before drafting capability procedures. At present, what is proposed is ‘a cart before the horse’ exercise which is clearly unsatisfactory.”

Is it not profoundly sad that what used to be a matter of vocation, of seeking God, of prime ministerial recommendation and royal appointment, has been reduced to such mundane issues as ‘capability procedures’ and ‘equality legislation’?

There is a sense in which Unite’s defence of the rights of its ‘faith workers’ is admirable. For the trade union movement was founded upon the Christian faith, when ‘faith workers’ consisted of all of those who laboured for five days a week and went to church or chapel on Sundays. But now the church has become simply another employer. It is no longer God at the top, but reams of red tape and legislation, directives and guidelines – a mountain of protection which would have ensured a handsome payout of compensation to the family of Thomas Becket. Being assassinated in Canterbury Cathedral must be, at the very least, a breach of health and safety regulations.

For Cranmer, faith is being sure of what is hoped for and certain of what is not seen. Treating faith as real and tangible, with rights and regulations, is to negate the very concept.


Anonymous mckenzie said...

What they are really seeking is the possibility of potential union fees to boost the gravy train for the hierarchy.

They seem selectively keen to represent people when it suits them. I have worked for an employment agency for Conwy Council for the past 6 years, and the unions are not in the least bit interested in fighting for our rights.

Four years ago the Conwy Council opened a new recycling center and staffed it with agency workers. It is still staffed with agency workers even though all the jobs are new, and should now be filled by permanent full time workers. But agency staff can be executed at the mere lifting of a telephone.

Conwy Council now has a 70% agency staff level mostly from one agency: Randstad. It is nothing less than pure exploitation. Agency staff have to work alongside full time, permanent council staff who get paid a lot more money and receive many extra benefits, such as exuberant public sector holidays and bonuses. It used to be the case that agency staff filled temporary positions, but no longer. They have found a loophole to turn the clock back and undo years of worker rights.

Where are the unions? nowhere to be seen. But Why? Why are they so quiet about this when they seem so keen to shout the odds about faith workers? The unions are nothing less than a cartel, firmly bedded with the present government, and they are no longer representative of the British worker. This much is becoming clearer as events of the current financial fiasco unravel.

The unions have become nothing more, or less than an extortion racket, a cartel of union officials soaking in the misery of British workers. The last fiasco over the 2British worker for British jobs" scandal is a classic case of how they are prepared to say and do anything to silence the people. What changed at the end of the day? How about NOTHING!

There are armies of agency workers throughout the country, working for minimum wage, with no contract of employment worth the paper it is written on. A friend of mine was terminated last week from Conwy Council because his face did not fit, which in its self is not too distressing a concept to have to live with, but a job is a job.

I tried to join a union, and they did their level best to put me off. I was told there would be a 10 month period before I could seek any representation. Most people I speak to these days say that the union has only one function, and that is insurance against accidents.

28 February 2009 at 10:49  
Anonymous Preacher said...

Your Grace I have to agree with McKenzie about the unions just being another cartel, out to make money from others less fortunate. But regarding suitability I would like to point out that whoever appointed the present Archbishop of Canterbury, a self confessed Druid to the position, was guilty in my opinion of gross incompetence to say the least.

28 February 2009 at 11:08  
Anonymous Gnostic said...

The term "faith worker" is troublesome. It can mean just about anyone who peddles relgion for a living even if they are followers of the Great Frog God, Croakimus Max.

Let's not forget that when the union Brothers (and Sisters) get involved it invariably boils down, at some stage, to equal opportunities for any minority with a vested interest. This tends to include equal opportunities for other religions as well as races, sexual orientation etc.

Anglicans are prone to appointing 100% Anglicans (or whatever minority persuasion) which is highly prejudicial to non-Anglicans and therefore a big no-no in our wonderful, multicultural society.

So can we expect to see the likes of Omar Bakri Mohammed promoting his candidacy for Rowan Williams' replacement? And will our lovely bishops and senior clergy be seen to warm their hands over a cheerfully glowing brazier while they picket for OBM's right to do so?

28 February 2009 at 11:28  
Anonymous mckenzie said...

Greed: The excessive or rapacious desire for wealth or possessions. It leads to destructive activities like hoarding, cheating, corruption and theft.

History teaches us that God's moral law cannot be transgressed without paying a price. And the sin that puts a price on everything is greed. The final commandment, "Thou shalt not covet", gives perspective on all the other laws of God. This final commandment is not about action, but is about a state of mind, and greed is a state of mind from which all the others come out.

The seven deadly sins are an important Christian concept, even though they do not actually appear in the Holy Bible. They first materialised in about 375AD, in the writings of a monk named Evagarius Ponticus. He attempted to catalogue the temptations to the human soul, and narrowed a list of 8 most terrible temptations, and greed was the deadliest.

In the Talmud, there is an obligation to look after others who are less fortunate, as a way to counter the inherent human propensity for greed. This idea of charity and care for the poor is a central tenet of Christian teaching, which is why we have faith workers. It is only greed surfacing from the depths which would want to evaporate such a noble cause. Evagrius wrote that "greed arose from famines there sure to come, sickness that will visit us, the pinch of poverty".

28 February 2009 at 12:09  
Blogger Roy said...

We seem to have a clash of kingdoms. The kingdom of the prince of this world is exemplified through the trade union movement formed in the name of man's sinfulness and greed. Why are we surprised when those charged to lead these organisations themselves exhibit excesses of personal greed?

The Church should practice a management style appropriate to the Kindgom of Heaven with Jesus as its head and biblical principles ruling its activities. As such it has no business involving itself with the agencies of this world with which it should be in conflict.

Jesus attitude to trade unions can best be illustrated through the parable of the workers in the vineyard (Matt 20:1-16)

'These men who were hired last worked only one hour,' they said, 'and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.'
But he answered one of them, 'Friend, I am not being unfair to you. Didn't you agree to work for a denarius? Take your pay and go. I want to give the man who was hired last the same as I gave you. Don't I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?'
Matt 20:12-15 (ANIV)

By the way, I see nothing in God's principles of management which include the socialist dogma of democracy. The CofE should tell the unions to mind their own business!

28 February 2009 at 12:10  
Anonymous not a machine said...

i would rather think that it is the unions that need god not the other way round .

i can only imagine the risk assesment and having to sign a disclaimer that what you interpret from the bible may lead you to life of poverty and devotion.

thin end of the wedge for me your grace !!

28 February 2009 at 14:21  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But regarding suitability I would like to point out that whoever appointed the present Archbishop of Canterbury, a self confessed Druid to the position, was guilty in my opinion of gross incompetence to say the least.
This appointment was not gross incompetence, it was deliberate policy.

This world is run by a pagan based religion, namely FREE MASONRY.

Winston Churchill for example was a druid and high Free Mason. Other notable high Free Masons to my knowledge include also The Pope in Rome, Gordon Brown, Tony Blair, Sir Ian Blair, George Bush, Barak Obama, Saddam Insane, Joseph Stalin, Bill Clinton, George Washington, Adolf Hitler, all Rothschilds, all Rockafellas, all aristocrats including The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Kent, and the Queen of England, Henry Kissinger, Denis Healy Kenneth Clark, Lord Mandelson, and almost the entire rest of the entire worlds ruling class elites.

Therefore it should ( but very understandably does ) surprise no one that a known self confessed PAGAN should be appointed by other known self confessed PAGANS to a position of high office. In fact the only question is.

When if ever, was this not the case?

All of our established and all other to my knowledge religions are based on Pagan Sun and other cosmically inspired worship. This for very understandable reasons.

The Sun is the eye of God, the light, truth and savior of mankind. God is the universal architect. Jesus was/is Gods cosmically appointed spirit guide for his monkey type Earth bound creations.

We the common people on the other hand, are kept completely in the occult inspired dark and fed evil BBC type bullshit 24 hours of every day we have left on this rather nice looking, murderously insane, and despotically controlled living nightmare, namely planet earth.

Atlas shrugged

28 February 2009 at 15:05  
Anonymous len said...

Atlas shrugged, The eye of the masonic symbol is the eye of satan,also features in ancient egyptology, and american dollar bills(strangely enough.)
Most if not all religion as you quite rightly say is satanically induced.
However there is a True God Yahweh, and his son Yahshua ( Yah -is salvation )who oppose and hold in contempt the religions of this world.

28 February 2009 at 15:24  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it will be best to take things one step at a time, saving the Illuminati, alien lizard people for the final battle at Cuckoo Bridge. Another alternative would be a change of medication of course.

28 February 2009 at 15:42  
Blogger Young Mr. Brown said...

Who are these "faith workers"? I have never heard such an expression. Does Unite mean those that the Apostle termed "pastors and teachers"?

28 February 2009 at 16:15  
Anonymous mckenzie said...

Young Mr. Brown

Do a stint with Randstad and Conwy Council as an agency slave, and you will get the faith worker feeling, although it will not be true to any real sense of the meaning.

28 February 2009 at 17:06  
Blogger ENGLISHMAN said...

So will we soon be seeing the national union of clergy,association of Christian bishops? and are they prepared to strike for better wages and conditions?

1 March 2009 at 09:15  
Anonymous Adrian P said...

The think tanks must be laughing their heads off at us all pondering their latest wheeze to wind us all up.
wind do we keep falling for it, as if they actually know what they are doing.
They are winding us all up, having a laugh. Just tell em to F**k off.
On a more serious note,

Swedish Cry for help

3 March 2009 at 05:59  

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