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Do your research beforehand to make sure your wage negotiations go smoothly

by , 21 May 2013
South Africa may be known as the strike capital of the world, as FSP Business reports, but that doesn't mean it's the only country affected by strike action. A fast food workers strike that started in New York has spread across the US. The reason for the strike? Much the same as when South African workers strike - the difference between the fast food CEOs' pay and their own minimum-wage, no-benefit jobs. Here's how to ensure wage negotiations go smoothly if you're facing a similar situation in your business...

Fast food workers across the US are protesting about their minimum wage jobs to consumers with campaigns in the streets of the nation's big cities, says WorkdayMinnesota
The reason? They're demanding 'living wages' of almost double the minimum wage, along with the right to unionise, and benefits on the job. 
And McDonald's in Detroit's plan of hiring jobless people to come in and operate the restaurants while the workers were on strike backfired when the workers they hired joined the strikers instead. 
One way to prevent a situation like this from arising in the first place is to factor the cost of living into your company's wage negotiations.
This means you'll need to do your research by conducting a simple fact-finding exercise before you start the collective bargaining process or wage negotiation, explains FSPBusiness.
Here's what you'll need to research before wage negotiations begin to ensure they're fair
This way, you'll be sure to have accurate facts on the true impact of rising food costs, petrol and electricity, which is often the reason employees demand a wage increase.
This will help you to formulate strong proposals that your employees are likely to understand and accept.
Read this before you hire replacement labour to keep the business running during a strike!
And it may be safer all round to sit out the strike rather than opt for replacement labour, whether supplied by a labour broker by hiring casuals as McDonald's did in Detroit or by redeploying non-striking employees.
Because strikes are increasingly violent in South Africa, so hiring replacement labour will invariably be subject to intimidation and possibly assault, whether physical or verbal, explains the Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf.
Keep these differences in mind when you read about strikes in the US, as the tactics to deal with them don't always translate well across the seas.

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