Slightly reluctant to get into this again but ......
Surely the analogy with other professions is the main point.
each one has a body that represents that profession and tries to improve the
profession both for the professionals and for the public (however
inadequately and partially they may actual perform those duties - the
medical profession springs to mind!)
so although a doctor might find the Lancet gives more day to day 'value' he
or she will still join the BMA (or whatever) because:
a> it is expected (or possibly compulsory)
b> she/he is aware that the job needs a body to represent it collectively
In a way 'value for money' for the individual is not the main point - taking
an analogy to Trade Union fees - you might not individually get 'good value'
out of the subs but you know that the work force as a whole benefits and one
day who knows you might get sacked or need legal backing in a dispute.
Maybe the problem is that archaeologists have not yet accepted they need a
professional body to represent them?
Could IFA have a special low rate for the first year of membership?
----- Original Message -----
From: "david petts" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Monday, April 09, 2001 6:40 PM
Subject: Re: FWD: IFA AMNESTY
>On subscriptions there have been some wild figures flying about. The sub is
>linked to salary. The sub for a Local Authority Scale 2 digger is £51, less
>than a fiver a month. You would only need to attend one subsidised training
>course to get your money back. If you spend time unemployed the lowest band
>is £12 a year. Specialist staff or site supervisors would pay say £2 a
>To all those people who say they cannot afford it: perhaps if you did join
>the IFA employers would take your applications more seriously, as coming
>from someone who agrees to abide by recognised professional standards, and
>perhaps your employment and pay prospects would improve.
The point is a Local Authority Acale 2 digger only earns very little; many
working on short term contracts with periods of unemployment. and many are
recently out of university with huge debts. No matter how good value or
it may to be to the profession £51 as a lump sum is simply for many not
affordable. For my wage bracket I'll have to pay £70 and if my pay increases
fraction I'll have to pay £100- I really have to emphasise no matter how
useful the IFA is, no matter how many bad archaeologists is disciplines, no
matter how many policy papers it issues and responses to government green
papers it makes, it is still too expensive for many of us at the bottom half
of the archaeological career structure to be afford. I was going to join
(honest!!) but I simply can;t afford it- I can afford a few subscriptions
ultimately I am afraid I get more from the Society of Medieval Archaeology
(cheaper access to their conference and a journal)
And by the way- why is there no mention of the Amnesty on their website as
as I can see, nor indeed how much it costs to join (if it is their then it
very well hidden)? and indeed if the IFA wants to cut down on costs why is
membership pack not downloadable from their site. Surely this would save
money, time and trees! What's the point in the IFA having a website if its
going to use it?
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