I’m not a Political Science graduate. I’m not even into Politics. Although I’m particular with laws and rights, I don’t take things seriously to avoid additional stress. So please do not expect political issues, terms, and facts in this post.
Most of the time, disputes involving laws and other legal matters arise between employers and employees. With or without the anomalies, labor unions are more often than not, present in almost all workplaces. The employees form labor unions to primarily protect their rights from abusive and dishonest employers.
In this regard, I’ve always believed that disputes will never occur when: (1) an employer is honest enough in terms of payment and work and (2) an employee is satisfied with his pay and work. Simple, but sometimes hard to achieve. Employers will always struggle through problems forcing them to act dishonestly against their workers. Employees will always seek for a greener pasture.
Company problems arise when one or two people directly involved with the major functions of the company fail to maintain company stability. Such incident is nothing but a disgrace to the company and so admins usually cover things up. Once a small info leak out and are made known to the employees, they react in various ways. Ideal employees will cooperate with the company to regain back stability. But we all know that no matter how loyal an employee is to his Boss, at the end of the day he will realize that his stomach is empty. On the other hand, normal reaction from among the employees would be to form groups or unions thinking that more heads are better than one or as the cliche goes, “There is strength in unity.”
It’s interesting to know that most of the time companies win over battles versus labor unions. Take note, I didn’t say all battles. Why? Simply because admins in most companies are solid, one, united, strong. What about labor unions? Here are some personal observations:
Some labor unions are headed by pseudo-strong people. These people appear so brave during rallies and meetings. They are very good at drafting terms, agreements, and other conditions. But they forgot that they should spend more time in drafting terms for the solidarity of their union members.
When worst comes to worst, some labor union leaders are not even dead serious about the union’s principles. They’re just there as spokesperson whose function is merely to speak without thinking. For these “cool” leaders, it’s OK when the problem is solved it’s OK when the problem still continues.
While some members are honest in serving the ideologies of the union, some are like Judas while some are two-faced.
Judas betrayed and sold Jesus. Two-faced people are those who appear to be supportive, a fighter in front of the union members but a traitor when faced with the company admins.
Employers know that employees need money and work. This simple fact is enough for them to pay one or more members or even the group leader. Sad to say that some leaders and even some members would resist at first but will eventually fall into the trap of the employers. Even the ones who start bravely and honestly will have the tendency to be disillusioned especially when they’re already faced with $$$$ and other promises.
At this point, one should remember what Muhammad said, “3 signs of a hypocrite – when he speaks he speaks lies, when he makes a promise he breaks it, when he is trusted he betrays his trust.”
The initial resistance may be taken as “nagpapapresyo”. The acceptance is the time when ideally one loses his/her self-respect and dignity.
The most sad thing is when labor union leaders leave their members in exchange for a higher pay or a company position without knowing that these too shall pass.
By “surrender” I meant the very act of showing to the company or employers your need for income and work. Companies and employers are aware that sudden strikes or rallies would mean harm to their company but it is easier for them to find other workers than for those who left to find for another job.
One wrong move of labor unions is their tendency to surrender to offers and incentives. Even those who start as strong union members may eventually surrender as they make it obvious to the company or their employers that they have nowhere else to go.
The most frustrating part of labor union struggles is when they retreat without knowing that they’re almost winning the battle. Labor union leaders fail to realize the great need for solidarity by failing to bring the workers together to resist abusive employers. They forgot to “train” their people not to be lured by money and the convincing tactics and intimidation of/by the employers.
Retreats eventually develops into disunity. Until such time when the Labor Union, which was once formed out of the strong will to fight for what’s right, is gone with the wind. When worst comes to worst, the battle which initially started with company versus the labor union eventually develop into labor union members versus their leader or among themselves.
Taking a closer look at labor unions, struggles, battles and lawsuits involving companies and employees, one can see that everything started out from a simple problem.
Perhaps the company is facing financial instability. But because the admins can’t accept such fact, they will continue with their lifestyle at the expense of the employees. When the employees realize that they’re already not paid correctly, they form groups, submit a petition which will then be taken NEGATIVELY by the employers. Truth is, the group is only asking for the company’s explanation or plea regarding delays, decreases, etc.
In reality, companies seldom give explanations. But seeing the admins living a wealthy lifestyle while the employees are suffering from delayed payments, make things even worst. True, indeed!
Who would even dare to eat stake while his employees eat nothing?
Who can afford to go on a vacation while his employees cannot even afford to pay the jeepney fare?
And while the employees are waiting in vain with empty stomach, their employers enjoy having breakfast and a good laugh with his friends or colleagues at a fancy restaurant.
If the company wasn’t so proud enough to have discussed things with their employees, UNDERSTANDING and CLARITY should have been the very solution to avoid further disagreements. Couple that with HONESTY plus a touch of SYMPATHY will even make things brighter & beneficial for both parties.
To the employers concerned: This is no drama. This is in fact one form of PR.
To the discouraged labor unions: This serves as an eye-opener. How can something so great, fail in the end?