The modern industrial world is a mixed blessing with the employer and the employee brought under trade regulations. In spite of this, there is a wide and conflicting gap between the workers and the managers in companies. The power has been distributed unequally. Only a few seem to flourish with the power concentrated and the rest are relegated to the position of mere wage earners who are strictly compensated by the daily work they do.
The workers have the moral and legal right to indulge in a strike against their company when (1) there is instability in their income, (2) insecurity in employment, (3) skills are not encouraged, (4) scope for self expression is restricted, (5) respect for individuals not available, and (6) share in the management of the enterprise is denied (Symbiosis IMS, 2005). The Arc Bridges workers in Garry, Indiana indulged in a one day strike on August 1 2008. This was conducted against the unfair labor practices the company was indulging.
The bad working conditions, low pay, unaffordable health care plan, and the employer failing to pay for vacations and overwork are also some of the reasons for the strike. The decisions taken in the union unanimously to go for such short strikes are healthy which leads to fruitful results as it happened for the workers in the case of Arc Bridge. The freedom to strike is unlimited but how the law plays a role in protecting the individual or the employer through the framework of legality is important. In a way, strike is a breach of contract which will lead to loss of pay, losing right to unemployment benefit (Ewing, 1991), etc.
The right to strike is not a fundamental right. It is a relative right with due regard to others rights. It should be adopted only as the last option. Sudden strikes in essential services paralyze the normalcy of public life. In such cases, the strikers may announce 48 hours of notice before indulging in a strike so that the public may look for some other alternative. Sometimes, during the time of recession, when the company is facing stiff competition and when the demand is less than production, the workers will have to understand the genuine concerns of the management before indulging in a strike.
Under these circumstances, finding a way out through negotiation really helps. In spite of the company’s poor turnovers, if the workers keep their salary demands, it might not be appropriate and this leads to poor employer-employee relationships. References Ewing, K. D. (1991). The right to strike. London: Oxford University Press. The right to strike Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies (2005). Anatomy of industrial conflicts. P. 96.