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Labour Negotiations

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An Irish company in County Cork was having problems with its employees and as so often happens, the union intervened. It was at this point that the labour negotiations began, something which the management of most companies dreads.

One morning at the bargaining table, the company’s chief negotiator held up a copy of the morning edition of the local newspaper, The Cork Accent.

“This man”, he announced, pointing to a photo in the newspaper, “Called in sick yesterday!”

There on the sports page, was a photo of the supposedly ill employee, who had just won a local golf tournament and with an excellent score too.

The silence in the room was broken when a union negotiator called out. “Jaysus”, he said. “Think of the score he could have had if he hadn’t been sick!”

I’m not sure if a long silence followed, or howls of laughter.

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