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Do you know the 'mutual interests' your employees could strike over?

by , 02 May 2013
Not everyone enjoyed May Day yesterday. For example, Greek citizens and riot police clashed in protests in Athens and Turkish riot police fired water cannon and tear gas to disperse crowds gathering in central Istanbul. Despite the difference in location, they were striking over a common matter of mutual interest - wage and spending cuts. By knowing your employees' matters of mutual interest, you'll be able to act to prevent your employees from deciding to go on strike, too.

 
Thought the continuing local bus strikes were bad?
 
It's worse overseas, with trains and ferries cancelled and hospital staff walking off the job in Greece on Wednesday as workers marked May Day with a strike, says Fin24.
 
The reason for the 24-hour walkout?
 
Greece's major public and private sector unions expressed fury over wage and spending cuts, add Fin24.
 
That's the 'mutual interest' they're protesting over.
 
What's a matter of mutual interest?

A matter of mutual interest means the terms and conditions of employment, employee compensation, remuneration and service benefits found in a collective agreement or in a contract of employment. 
 
A matter of mutual interest can virtually be any material issue that involves employment conditions, whether or not it has been a subject of collective bargaining, explains the Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf.
 
Here's how to identify your employees' matters of mutual interest to prevent a strike…
 
The best way to identify all matters of mutual interest between you and your employees that could be the cause of a strike is to look at their employment contracts, collective agreements and relevant legislation.
 
Then, your next step is to establish a good relationship with your employees and their representatives to make it normal practice for employees to raise their concerns with you before they contemplate a strike. 
 
Irrespective of what the situation is, you'll know what the matter of mutual interest is, explains the Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf.
 
It's the easiest way to prevent a strike from crippling your company.
 


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