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Bob Jones has taken over the management of a large retail sore from his father.His father had owned and manage the store for 30 years where it employees 48 workers and invest capital rate of 1.5 million.

The employee are represented by retail store union and bargaining conduct through an employee association.The present contract will be in effect in 3 years.

When Bob Jones took over the store,he found that although the contract for a 40 hours a week.Employees in his store have been working 35 hours a week for several weeks.He also found that although the contract stipulates a minimum rate of commissions.One very large store organization has been permitted to pay one half % lower than the minimum rate.Bob Jones protested this action to the secretary of the employer's association,but was told that nothing could be done about it.He also ask the employees of his store to work for 40 hours a week instead 35.

The union representative called on him and informed that unless they returned to 35 hours a week. The employees would file a grievance demanding overtime pay for the extra 5 hours.The business agent noted that there is no proposal to change hours in the most recent bargaining session.The secretary of the employers association says that the problem is an individual store problem and the association cannot take responsibility for setting the difference.


1- What would be your advice to Bob Jones on the problem of weekly hours?

2- Comment on the opinion expressed by secretary of the employers union?

From India, Delhi
I wonder why we have to drag information from students a bit at a time and they can't can't give all the information that we have asked. Please read my question again and you will find what you have missed out.
Also, the case study you have quoted is incomplete. One should know the country in which the organisation is based, in order to consider the relevant laws. As I said before, please either state what you think or clearly tell us why you are confused.

From United Kingdom
Case is of India and laws and regulation of India will be applicable
From India, Delhi
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