Negotiating for the Socially Useful Economy
What is or is not negotiable, and the problem of who you negotiate with in what forum is a common experience in society. A social security claimant may for instance not be able to negotiate with the DHSS directly, but may be able to obtain a semblance of negotiation through obtaining support of a Welfare Rights or Legal Aid organisation. Active trade unionists well know that certain issues are amenable to negotiation in the normal forum, others are the ‘prerogative’ of management and can only be discussed through a non decision making consultative forum. Community pressure groups will know well the difficulties in protecting their interests through the contingent structures and processes of planning inquiries. The ways in which one can negotiate for the development of a socially useful economy must of necessity reflect all of these problems and more. Moreover the very issue of negotiation in this area is a profoundly political one and therefore however hard the task may be it cannot be shirked. However, as the seminars demonstrated and as this book hopes to outline, the very first stage in the process requires the delineation of subjects, notions, ideas and ideals which are desirable, necessary.
KeywordsLocal Authority Trade Union Collective Bargaining Labour Movement Union Organisation
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