Strikes And Alternative Forms Of Coping Essays

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Strikes and Alternative Forms of Coping      Are strikes the most beneficial way of resolving labour - management conflict? Or are alternative forms of coping more beneficial?. Throughout this paper I will attempt to answer these questions by, first giving a description of each of these forms of coping. Then I will examine the effects, both positive and negative, that each of these forms of coping has on the collective bargaining process as well as the labor - management relationship. Finally I will compare the effectiveness of strikes as opposed to the effectiveness of alternative forms of coping.      A strike occurs when unionized workers collectively agree to stop working in order to…show more content…
Secondly, they can fire anyone who takes part in sabotage or violence during a strike. Third, they can discontinue benefits during a strike, and they do not have to follow the old agreement, they can change the terms and conditions of employment until a new agreement is reached. The benefits of striking include higher wages, more benefits, better working conditions, etc... There is also a negative side to striking. If management decides to hire replacement workers during your absence, you may not have a job to return to. Management may be prepared to leave you on strike for long periods of time, for example, Federated Co-Op allowed the workers in Nipawan to stay on strike for seven years. Also during a strike you are not receiving a paycheck, unions usually try to pay strikers, but this is usually a fraction of your old paycheck. Finally during a long strike, the company may have not been able to meet its orders and may have lost business, this could lead to layoffs when a settlement is reached. Strikes are most common among highly skilled workers, because they possess a lot of strike power. Strike power is what it would cost management if you went on strike. If you are a worker at a fast food restaurant you possess very little strike power because in the event of a strike you could easily be replaced. But if you have a highly skilled job, it will cost management to hire and train someone to replace you. Striking does not, in most cases, alter the labor -
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