Seem to remember this being a promisery arguement for the formation of the SIA. That came true then !Darren:
Get the standards improved, and the wages for CPOs will eventually rise, as the low quality providers/people that can't or won't meet the standards exit the market.
Nice theory, but in practise it has been a cluster f*%k of Royal dimensions. Payment = CPO.
Darren I refer to unions and representative bodies as the SIA just isn't working, otherwise this topic wouldn't be on the forum
Unions and representative bodies, are a good collective bargaining tool, for pay, conditions, standards and Protection.
Could you honestly say that The industry is doing really well on its own ? I use unions as a term, because they have the experience and infrastructure already. Careful selection, would be the key, to true rep.
I Remember the old boys network as a good 'reputable way' to find work (still is in some of our cases)
Thats 'reputable way' in the true sense of the word. Reputation.
Not empty paper qualifications as we seem to have now.
Strangely enough and contrary to my current arguement, I Didn't seem to mind foriegn CPOs as much back then, as I hadn't been forced to pay Â£3-6000, for the privelage of doing what I'd done all those years without the SIA.
(Â£3-6,000 is made up of course fees, license application, and loss of wages whilst training to pass SIA test. and if you stuck to the letter of the law on delayed applications, well you could add 6 months wages on top.)
If laws are set, as with the SIA, they only work if they are applied, otherwise they are ignored, wither, die, and prove of no benefit, the inequality leads to dissatisfaction and division.
Again darren I agree with the centre of excellence sentiment, but I think you will have to take the SIA out of the equation, as their efforts have been amatuerish at best, and close to divisive in reality.
This really does seem to fire the thoughts on the forum, excellent.