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Three steps to prevent strikes from affecting your business!

by , 28 February 2013
You can hardly turn on the news today without seeing mention of another strike on the go. Employees at the Durban University of Technology are the latest to join the trend, refusing to work until their salary demands are met. Your business doesn't have to become another strike headline. Simply implement these three steps today to protect your bottom line from being affected by strike action...

Strike action's on the rise across the country again. 
 
The Post Office strike is causing havoc on service delivery in Johannesburg, says IOL.
 
And a strike by the National Transport Movement (NTM) trade union has cost the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa more than R70 million.
 
The union has been on strike since 18 January, says the Business Day's BDLive website.
 
Now, the Durban University of Technology (DUT) has suspended classes following claims of intimidation and disruptions to lectures. 
 
The reason?
 
A strike by staff over salary demands, reports News24.
 
Strikes can result in loss of productivity, angry customers, financial losses, injury, damage to property and soured employee relations, reports FSP Business.
 
That's why you need to do all you can to prevent your employees from going on strike.
 
Because most strikes are actually preventable. 
 
Act now to prevent your employees from going on strike!
 
FSP Business says all you need to do is implement the following three steps, and you'll be able to prevent your employees going on strike.
 
Step 1: Be proactive in addressing disputes and grievances
Develop good communication policies and procedures. This'll help your employees to approach you and discuss issues before they resort to extreme measures, like taking strike action.
 
Step 2: Address issues as soon as your employees raise them
Create an environment that allows for compromise from both you and your employees, and ensures everyone's point of view is heard and understood. 
 
Step 3: Have an open door policy with any trade union representative in your company
This way, your employee representatives can discuss any issues of concern with you before resorting to strike action. You'll be able to address and sort out issues immediately.
 
This policy will establish a relationship of trust between you and your employees.
 
If your employees trust you and know you're willing to try and address their concerns, they'll rather approach you to sort out issues instead of resorting to a strike.
 
Implement these steps today and you'll protect your bottom line from strike action!

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