Disadvantages in certain economic sectors workers

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Disadvantages In certain economic sectors, workers will possibly not be able to become involved in complex matters owing to low levels of literacy, representatives will have to undergo intensive training in order to be able to deal with these matters, danger exists that workers will, first of all, not be able to understand these matters, and, secondly, will not be able to make a meaningful contribution to the discussion. Workplace forums could undermine trade unions, especially where trade unions are weaker. Management could possibly manipulate the workplace forum. Trade union representatives may not have sufficient time or resources to deal with workplace forum issues, to attend meetings, and to give advice. Fear that workplace forum representatives are going to replace trade union representatives. What are the limitations in respect of the establishment of workplace forums? Training Resources Relationships Statutory requirements What are the obstacles to the establishment and implementation of workplace forums? Trade unions skeptical about implementation of workplace forums, see it as threat to their power base Management see it as way of undermining so-called “managerial prerogative” Not clear if workplace forums will succeed in transforming hostile relationship between employer and employers into more cooperative one Parties in South African labour relations system still hesitant about changing attitudes Fear of change hampering process Low literacy levels of workers prevent effective participation in decision making Workers do not have good enough grasp of business/principals, prevents them from taking informed decisions Mistrust between management and workers not conducive to joint decision making Mistrust between trade unions and management give rise to hostile relationships Workers believe management or trade unions failing to address “bread-and-butter” issues Organizations cannot/will not allocate resources Trade unions pursue socialism, management pursue capitalism Fear workplace forum will be “just another committee” Management attempted to use committees to eliminate trade unions No need to be creative in trying something new
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15 Employers and trade unions feel they do not have sufficient money or time to make workplace forum work Conflict may arise when it comes to division of power and wealth Structures in place but lack of skills Goal must be to plan for future, realize long-term goals and obtain commitment Most organizations would rather retain participatory structures than implement workplace forums LRA does not clearly set out what should be regarded as relevant Distinguish between “unitarist”, “pluralist” and “radical” perspectives on social investment and responsibility Unitarist approach Management should serve interests of shareholders. Profit bottom line management must use resources in activities to increase profits. Social responsibilities have no place in business, because business already plays moral role by employing people, showing a return on shareholders’ money and rendering a service to customers.
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