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Abstract

The management of a textile mill find it difficult to recruit indigenous workers for the night shift. Immigrant Asian workers are available, and dominate the night shift. An arrangement is introduced through which the traditionally separate jobs of spinning and doffing are combined on the night shift. After several years the Asians become dissatisfied with the level of bonus compensation they receive under the arrangement. A complex bargaining situation arises, and subsequently an industrial dispute, which results in the dismissal of the employees concerned. The case illustrates some of the tensions which arise, particularly issues of collective bargaining with immigrant groups. Teaching method: small group discussions, followed by plenary session to highlight differences between approach and responses of small groups.
Location:
Industry:
Size:
Group - over 10,000 employees, mill - 250 employees
Other setting(s):
1977

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Abstract

The management of a textile mill find it difficult to recruit indigenous workers for the night shift. Immigrant Asian workers are available, and dominate the night shift. An arrangement is introduced through which the traditionally separate jobs of spinning and doffing are combined on the night shift. After several years the Asians become dissatisfied with the level of bonus compensation they receive under the arrangement. A complex bargaining situation arises, and subsequently an industrial dispute, which results in the dismissal of the employees concerned. The case illustrates some of the tensions which arise, particularly issues of collective bargaining with immigrant groups. Teaching method: small group discussions, followed by plenary session to highlight differences between approach and responses of small groups.

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Location:
Industry:
Size:
Group - over 10,000 employees, mill - 250 employees
Other setting(s):
1977

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