workhard wrote:CTC staff are ordinary employees of an ordinary employer and generally the employer has the right to expect that staff will carry out the tasks assigned to them. The alternative is an anarchic workplace.
But the staff are supposed to work for the members. When there is a debate amongst the members about the future direction of the club it is not the job of employees to push either side of the argument. Let's remind ourselves of what the employees are being asked to do
"You have friends, families, contacts and clubmates who care about cycling and CTC but may not regard voting as relevant to them, it is your job to get them to vote. To avoid complexity they can complete the form with just one tick, giving their proxy to the Chair of the meeting."
How is persuading friends, families, contacts and clubmates to vote a certain way a work related task? I can't think of any other scenario where an employer (other than a political organisation) would expect employees to campaign in this way to swing a vote.
The for camp have had a more than fair say through the magazine and targetted e-mails. They are obviously not confident in the forcve of their arguments being enough when they resort to these measures.
No one believes more firmly than Comrade Napoleon that all animals are equal. He would be only too happy to let you make your decisions for yourselves. But sometimes you might make the wrong decisions, comrades, and then where should we be?