You need to know how to respond when your employees resort to strike action. Strikes in South Africa have been known to be violent. And this means intimidation and misconduct are some of the things you must expect when your workers embark on a strike.
But the good news is, you can prevent this misconduct and intimidation if you have the know how.
Use these four tips to prevent misconduct and intimidation during a strike
#1: When a union has given notice of intention to strike, employees ready themselves by asking non-union members to join in the strike. This can take the form of intimidation.
The Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service recommends you advise the union that they're obliged to ensure that non union members aren't intimidated as soon as notice of intention to strike has been given. Suggest that it's the union's responsibility to control its members.
#2: Place a notice on notice boards and tell employees you have a zero tolerance approach towards intimidation. Advise employees that you'll discipline any employee who intimidates another employee and if found guilty, you'll dismiss.
#3: Put a notice on the notice board and set out your company's policy on misconduct. Write a letter to the union and tell them that if their members engage in acts of violence or damage to property, your company will hold the union liable for such losses.
#4: Advise the union that if there's violence, intimidation and damage to property you'll approach the Labour Court for an urgent interdict.
Remember that although these tips indicate possible ways of dealing with intimidation and misconduct once you have a strike on your hands, it's better to address these issues before you're faced with strike action, says FSPBusiness.
Remember to also negotiate rules with your employees' union about strike related conduct when you're not in dispute. This way, you're more likely to get a sensible arrangement in place. And if the pre-agreed arrangement is breached, you'll be in a stronger position to take action.
Using these tips will help ensure you prevent misconduct and intimidation during strike action.