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#1
General discussion / Re: Teachers get it handy!
March 01, 2024, 07:37:35 AM
Quote from: Duine Inteacht Eile on March 01, 2024, 12:10:14 AM
Quote from: trueblue1234 on February 29, 2024, 09:34:34 PM
Quote from: GTP on February 29, 2024, 12:58:43 PMCalling for pay parity is an easy soundbite that Trade Unions can use to establish their position in negotiations.
Why anyone on here would begrudge teachers getting a pay rise or achieving pay parity with UK based teachers is beyond me. It is not an easy job and it is not handy for those working in schools.

But my point is most careers are lower paid here than UK. Doing the same work as them. I've nothing against teachers getting a rise but trying that argument is a bit of BS imo.

I agree teaching would be a tough career. But so is healthcare, engineering, finance, trades etc. and their all paid less than in the uk too.
Yet, pay parity is exactly what recent healthcare strikes were about and exactly what they received in their pay offer.

But, of course, you'll not call them out for "BS"....
I would. I think the pay parity with UK is bollix given most careers are paid less here in NI than the UK. As I said above about teachers, I'm not against them getting a rise, just don't think the argument should be based around pay parity, when it affects nearly all careers here.
#2
General discussion / Re: Teachers get it handy!
February 29, 2024, 09:34:34 PM
Quote from: GTP on February 29, 2024, 12:58:43 PMCalling for pay parity is an easy soundbite that Trade Unions can use to establish their position in negotiations.
Why anyone on here would begrudge teachers getting a pay rise or achieving pay parity with UK based teachers is beyond me. It is not an easy job and it is not handy for those working in schools.

But my point is most careers are lower paid here than UK. Doing the same work as them. I've nothing against teachers getting a rise but trying that argument is a bit of BS imo.

I agree teaching would be a tough career. But so is healthcare, engineering, finance, trades etc. and their all paid less than in the uk too.
#3
General discussion / Re: Teachers get it handy!
February 29, 2024, 10:30:45 AM
Is this pay parity not a bit of a red herring? Are all careers not better paid in the uk than here? I know in general on the engineering/ manufacturing side there is around at least a 10% uplift with similar roles in England (Not including London where it's sharper again). But cost of living here is much lower.

#4
General discussion / Re: Student Finance
February 28, 2024, 07:26:57 PM
Depends on hiring manager. Still a lot of old fashioned hiring managers, who think if a person changes a job every 3-4 years that they're flakey. But more and more young people are changing jobs every 3-4 years now compared to how it used to be. And this isn't a bad thing.
That said if you're jumping about every year it would be a red flag to most. There's an essence of getting through training and then getting found out!! 
#5
General discussion / Re: Teachers get it handy!
February 28, 2024, 08:22:17 AM
Quote from: Rois on February 28, 2024, 06:34:47 AM
Quote from: Milltown Row2 on February 27, 2024, 07:30:12 PMAnyone that goes into teaching will struggle financially.. is there a lower paid degree course job?

i.e if I did law became solicitor/barrister/corporate law?

Engineer degree and so on?
Accounting - trainees in the north get buttons
Most trainees will start low but accounting trainees do seem to be the poor cousins for professional careers. But it does move up consistently with experience. And at 4-5 years is usually a guaranteed reasonable salary. I think it's a fair model to be honest. Some engineer graduates are starting positions at nearly £30k. I think that's too high to be honest for a fresh grad.
#6
General discussion / Re: Movie recommendations
February 27, 2024, 10:11:24 PM
First one was ok. Not fantastic, but definitely watchable. Will watch the 2nd when it's out, but not counting the days to it by any means.
#7
General discussion / Re: Ulster Workers Strike 2024
February 26, 2024, 07:58:52 PM
Yeah 5% + £1500. Happy enough. Slightly above inflation for first time in many years. Goes someway to offset last years clusterf**k.
#8
General discussion / Re: Ulster Workers Strike 2024
February 23, 2024, 07:55:04 PM
Quote from: 5times5times on February 23, 2024, 11:47:32 AM
Quote from: LC on February 22, 2024, 06:38:09 PMMoved in to the public sector a few years ago after 20+ years in the private sector.  Took a sizeable pay cut but joined mainly for pension, holidays etc plus less travelling.

No doubt about the public sector is full of a serious amount of arseh*les full of their own importance and would not last 5 mins in the private sector.  To them their job is crap but none of them will leave because they know if they went somewhere else they might have to work.

My 'welcome to the public sector' moment was when I asked one of my department members to do something one day and they turned around and said that it was not in their job description so they refused to do it.



I always thought it was a myth, that the public sector is where you want your career to end up? What # of hols are we talking compared to private sector? Generally private is 25 plus bank hols etc.

Just moved to public sector in last 2 years and took a fairly substantial pay cut. But family needs forced it. But I Have 25 day holidays going up to 30 after 5 years. Then 12 bank holidays which is good. But the biggest wtf is having flexi time. I still, after 2 years, Can't believe how good it is!! It has changed my life.
#9
General discussion / Re: Ulster Workers Strike 2024
February 22, 2024, 05:17:17 PM
Quote from: bennydorano on February 22, 2024, 02:26:24 PM
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Quote from: bennydorano on February 21, 2024, 09:26:01 PM200,000 public sector workers too. All just up sticks and look for better jobs??

Certain areas of our Civil Service are bloated and inefficient. No one can deny this.


What sections do you believe this to be the case?

Agriculture
Infrastructure
Communities

All employ far far to many people. Lots of Admin and client services people.
Wouldn't dispute it for a second, NI is a basket case, Public Sector jobs were always the way to keep stable employment levels during the troubles when private industry faced too much upheaval to really thrive. Its never really moved on from this and there's definitely no political will to rationalise it. It will only ever be genuinely tackled if a United Ireland came into being - imo.
People have been leaving the civil service lately. In the past, this was unheard of due to the pay and benefits. Private salaries have not only caught up with but have surpassed the public sector. The problem this causes is that it's the better ones that are leaving.
#10
General discussion / Re: Ulster Workers Strike 2024
February 21, 2024, 09:06:24 PM
Quote from: Tony Baloney on February 21, 2024, 08:57:11 PM
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Quote from: 93-DY-SAM on January 18, 2024, 10:58:59 AMBe interesting to know how many of those striking today are DUP voters and how many will vote for the DUP again.

The union trumps everything. The Unions anger is aimed squarely at CHH.
I think the unions need to tread carefully. This strike is pointless. Everyone agrees they need fair pay inc the UKG. So what is the point of the strike?
3 weeks down the line, I think it is fair to say it had some significance.

Well as we can see they are going out on strike again, so like I said.. pointless

We'd still be living under a feudal system and eating grass to survive if it was down to people like you.
I have said on here before if your public sector job is so terrible just hand in your notice and move on somewhere else. No need to eat grass.
Yeah let's get into a race to the bottom for nhs staff. That will help things.
#11
Quote from: 6th sam on February 21, 2024, 05:39:06 PMI think it's time to step back and re-calibrate. There has been negativity around casement from the start, and my own views have changed over the years.
I think any criticism of the ulster council has to be tempered by the fact that they were breaking new ground on a mammoth project and experience and knowledge were thin on the ground .the lack of consideration of residents was a big weakness , and unfortunately has given the whole project a bad rep.
However there is no doubt that an anti-GAA agenda has been pro-actively negative from the start. This anti-GAA element, incredibly, is not just from unionists.

Genuine concerns must be addressed but there are overwhelming positives to this project:
For everybody including Stormont government : economic spin-off and feel good factor for Belfast with big games, events , and impressive aesthetics .
For GAA: second best stadium in second biggest city. Worldwide recognition , income generation
For Antrim: a state of the art venue for their games and their promotion of the gAA

The GAA have secured 50k from Southern government , and will perhaps increase its own contribution via internal and external funding to make it happen .

The precedent has been set by its ambition in re-building Croke Park 30 years ago, benefitting the GAA and everybody else in terms of economic /tax benefits .


The British government and stormont will have to stump up a significant sum but they'll get it back in droves in terms of economic and social benefit.
The initial planned outlay must be significantly increased due to inflation and cost of labour and materials , alone .

Those of an "Irish" background should be careful not to support vexatious concerns from anti-gaa , anti-Irish sources .

Casement must happen because:
1. Genuine Concerns can be addressed.
2. Antrim GAA people deserve it
3. Ulster GAA people deserve it
4. West belfast deserves it
5. Belfast and the neglected 9 counties of Ulster deserve it.
6. The Euros has presented an opportunity
7. Shared future by benefitting all
8.  Not allowing further DUP bullying and lack of generosity to hold us back



If only they had someone in the north who had experience of this......
#12
GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 2024
February 18, 2024, 05:26:25 PM
Quote from: square_ball on February 18, 2024, 05:20:10 PMAh jaysus lads stop with the Covid All Ireland shite. Tyrone won it fair and square that year. Beating Cavan, Donegal, Monaghan, Kerry and Mayo is worthy of winning any AI any year.

Tyrone may be very average now but give over about being lucky to win an all Ireland ffs.
They were imo. Not lucky with decisions, but lucky that they squeezed it out before that squad started to fade. In a normal year, I'd have tipped Dublin to win it. That's no slight on that Tyrone team, quite the opposite. There's been many a county who would have been at a similar level to that Tyrone team and not got an AI. Take your dinner when it's hot.
#13
GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 2024
February 18, 2024, 05:14:40 PM
Quote from: screenexile on February 18, 2024, 05:09:31 PM
Quote from: From the Bunker on February 18, 2024, 04:23:11 PM
Quote from: Wildweasel74 on February 18, 2024, 03:59:42 PMTyrone went downhill badly from their All-Ireland win, hard to nail what's wrong, or why they fell away.If they haven't Morgan or Canavan available they be in serious trouble

It;s quite easy - there was a plethora of lads who retired or dropped out after the AI win. They had put in years a drudgery under Harte, got to the promised land under Dooher. They knew they were not at the beginning of something big but at the end and counted their blessings to have got an AI at the end of it all.

As much as they don't want to hear it you can see that they were an average team who took advantage of all the breaks they got that year.

It was said at the time on numerous occasions and rebutted but the past few years have clearly showed it!
This was absolutely the case. Tyrone were lucky that they were in a position to win it with Covid etc. but it's an AI regardless, and all the sweeter for coming unexpected.
#14
Quote from: mrdeeds on February 16, 2024, 10:21:42 PM
Quote from: Duine Inteacht Eile on February 16, 2024, 10:18:54 PM
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Quote from: Sportacus on February 16, 2024, 10:04:28 PMMichelle on the Late Late.  When Adams and McGuinness picked her as the heir, they saw the potential. Very impressive and self assured tonight.

I like Michelle but a lot of soundbites and cliches. And usual Sinn Fein thing of sitting on fence on issues.
If ever a post described itself, it is this.

Could you put a bit more meat on the bones of what you mean?

The housing for immigrants issue for one. Went way of on a tangent. Then said we'll hear what people say and decide. They're meant to put up a position and face the electorate based on that.
Quote from: mrdeeds on February 16, 2024, 10:21:42 PM
Quote from: Duine Inteacht Eile on February 16, 2024, 10:18:54 PM
Quote from: mrdeeds on February 16, 2024, 10:11:00 PM
Quote from: Sportacus on February 16, 2024, 10:04:28 PMMichelle on the Late Late.  When Adams and McGuinness picked her as the heir, they saw the potential. Very impressive and self assured tonight.

I like Michelle but a lot of soundbites and cliches. And usual Sinn Fein thing of sitting on fence on issues.
If ever a post described itself, it is this.

Could you put a bit more meat on the bones of what you mean?

The housing for immigrants issue for one. Went way of on a tangent. Then said we'll hear what people say and decide. They're meant to put up a position and face the electorate based on that.

What party doesn't take on board public opinion to some extent?
#15
General discussion / Re: New Car Advice
February 16, 2024, 12:19:43 PM
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Quote from: Karl Kennedy on February 12, 2024, 09:13:52 PMCurrently in the process of changing car and trying to source the best 7 seater SUV. From reading reviews the cars that seem best in performances and reliability are Hyundai Santa Fe, SKODA Kodiaq, KIA Sorento, Volvo XC90.

Would definitely be trying to buy a used car at reasonable money. Price of cars obviously increased post COVID so wondering is it best to maybe buy in England instead of Ireland.

Anyone any advice on 7 seater cars that they may already have especially the pros and cons.

Been looking at these models myself recently. If I could afford it I'd obviously go with the xc90. Beautiful Motor and never a recorded fatality as far as I'm aware. Had an older model before but cost a few Bob to run. Newer models better fuel efficiency. The Kia and Hyundai have had face lifts in21/22 so are very pricey in the used market. Although have heard great reviews on both. Kodaq q probably cheapest option with decent reviews too. Top of the range ones a decently kitted out. The prices up North are crazy. I bought a year old kuga in 2018 for 18k. Now a year old Kuga is 23k

Work colleague is a big fan of the XC90's, buys them from somewhere in Scotland though and drives it home, says he can save a few K doing it that way.



XC90 and KIA Sorento definitely have better space in the 3rd row. Kodiaq not as good. All three drive better well to be fair but would say XC90 is best by far. Higher price but you get what you pay for I guess. with whatever one we go with, long term I hope none of the three give any long term problems and are easy to run.

JCool do you know the dealer your friend buys from in Scotland? Thanks
Xc90 is like a tank
Why would anyone buy something like that

Xc90 much better than a Q7? Asking as was leaning towards a q7
We were making the same choice last year. Very little in it tbh. We just liked the look & drive of the Q7 better but both are lovely cars imo. The Q7 had a bit more grunt with a 3L engine and from memory MPG was roughly the same. Think 1-2 MPG difference. Had no issues with the Q7 since we got it.