Negotiations: compromising credibility

According to the Trades Union Congress (TUC), in 2010, workers who were non-unionised were more at risk of low pay. Women who work in non-unionised workplaces earn on average two-thirds of the hourly pay of their male counterparts, while women who are union members earn nearly 90 per cent.

Observing how negotiations are carried out in motor sector made me quickly understand the tricks of the trade.
The negotiation skills are vital for any trade unionist fighting for the best deal for their members.

I have also noted the nightmare scenarios where both parties are acting tough, or smart, and ended up walking away from the negotiation table without any settlement. There is a human temptation not to compromise.

This temptation has the power to destroy the process, swiftly and absolutely.
Numsa clearly understands that what we need is an overall solution that heals the entire system. It is important to maintain the stability and orderliness of our sectors.

This is the time to come together to prove that Numsa is capable of delivering the working class from its desolation. With pressure mounting, there is much tension: workers are unhappy, employers do not want to compensate accordingly and markets continue to tumble. If it goes on like this workers should always prepare for blowbacks.

As a union, we have given employers a fair proposal but they chose to play games. Employers basically don’t care about how long the strike lasts.
Their attitude resembles attitudes in our past. They don’t really care about the industry. They don’t appear committed to resolve the matter. Their approach is really backward and primitive; it says something about transformation in the industry.

Our members are brutalised for less than double digit amounts.
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