Listen to the following extract from the recording which shows how the situation progressed at the Pension Fund Meeting. Try to complete the gaps, using no more than three words in each case.
Listen to the following conversation between H.G., Peter and Ian. All the remarks are mixed up. Put them in the order they appear in the Unit. Supply the remarks with the names of their authors.
Act as an interpreter.
Match the phrases on the left with an appropriate explanation on the right. Fill in the grid below.
Consider the following points. Share your ideas with a partner or a small group. Be prepared to explain your answers to the class.
a) Why ought Bob Hardiman to be saved from redundancy?
b) Does Bob Hardiman qualify for a pension and is he entitled to the full one?
c) What is H.G.’s point of view concerning Bob Hardiman’s pension?
d) What do the articles of the pension fund read?
2. Recount the situation as if you were Bob Hardiman.
3. Suppose you are Peter Wiles. Why are you so upset about Ambrose Harper’s health?
4. Render the situation as if you were Ian Hampden.
5. Analyse the situation in Harper & Grant Ltd. as if you were a likely competitor willing to take over the company.
6. Act out a conversation which could have taken place in this situation between
a. Peter Wiles and Bob Hardiman;
b. Hector Grant and William Buckhurst;
c. Peter Wiles and John Martin;
d. a TV commentator on social issues and Bob Hardiman;
e. Ambrose Harper, Peter Wiles and Ian Hampden.
Listen to the tape and practise the pronunciation of the following words and word combinations, quote the sentences in which they are used in the unit. Consult a dictionary and translate them into Russian.
to have a closed shop
to pay a subscription
to collect union dues (on the premises)
to introduce a profit-sharing scheme
to take a cut in wages
to clock in
Trying to cheat the system is a very serious offence.
to dismiss staff / a case of dismissal
the employees’ welfare
to get one’s pay docked
to punch the card for some time
to affect the issue
to pay overtime (time and a half)
to have smth (a walk-out) on one’s hands
to bring something up
to press a wage claim
Consider the introduction to the unit. Answer the following questions and be ready to give a story line. Use the word combinations in brackets.
1. Do Harper & Grant make it a condition of employment that a worker must belong to a certain trade union? What does that mean?
(to have a closed shop; to be members of one or other of the unions; toolmakers; skilled machiners (machinists); sheet-metal workers; assembly-shop workers; fitters; electricians; office staff; to belong to a clerical union)
What does being a member of a trade union mean?
(to pay a subscription; to pay a sum of money regularly to the particular union; to be referred to as union dues; to look after union's affairs; a shop steward; to be elected by the workers on the shop floor)
What are the responsibilities of a shop steward?
(to be at the day-to-day level of representation between a company and a union; to represent the workers in a particular shop, or department; to be recognised by the management; to serve as a channel of communication both ways; to be allowed to collect union dues on the premises; to hold meetings in the factory or office block; to do something with the permission of the management)
In what way do the trade unions use their funds?
(to obtain the best possible working conditions for the members; to organise medical schemes; insurance and legal aid; to use (part of their) funds; the money collected from the members; to pay a weekly sum of money to the members; to be out on official strike)
What is called an official strike?
(to be recognised by the union; strike pay; to be compared with the workers' normal wages; to draw a pay; a “wild cat” strike)
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