Re:Technical Writing Union

Subject: Re:Technical Writing Union
From: "Damien Braniff" <DBraniff -at- amphion -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 2 Nov 2001 08:23:55 -0000

The thing with companies/unions that is, sadly often missing, is
balance. As Andrew said, companies have to be profitable to succeed and
thus create jobs etc. Unions exist to ensure members get a fair deal
etc. Both CAN be accommodated. The trouble is the lack of balance. Here
in the UK for years the unions were a big force then there was a lot of
change in legislation that shifted the balance of power to the companies
who (human nature being what it is) took advantage of it. Some of the
changes were long overdue and it seems that, at last, some sort of
balance is being reached. For examples, unions involved in discussions
re layoffs etc when times were hard - recognising the fact that
sometimes it's necessary for the greater good.

Unions see management etc as 'fat cats' with large payouts despite the
company doing badly. Here the CEO (?) of a major company (losing money
left, right and centre) is leaving before his contract is up and taking
a £1million + handout. Justified on the grounds that you have to pay to
get the best staff but, as the company is losing money like it is, it's
debatable if they got the best.

Management see unions as having political agendas, being large
bureaucracies, niggling over every piddling little thing etc.

Both these views have merit and, perhaps more importantly, are
newsworthy so it's the perception people get. Those companies and unions
that work together to get things done to benefit both the company and
employees do exist but they tend not to be reported - the old saying,
bad news sells.

Damien Braniff
Technical Writer
Amphion Semiconductor Ltd.
50/51 Malone Road
BT9 5BS Belfast, Antrim
Northern Ireland

Tel: 028 9050 4000
Fax: 028 9050 4001
E-mail: dbraniff -at- amphion -dot- com

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