A questionnaire about workplace struggles

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Feb 4 2007 11:55
A questionnaire about workplace struggles

Right well as well as my other thread about workplace groups, it'd probably be more useful to have a questionnaire about workplace struggles.

There's a suggested questionnaire at prol-position but I think it's too long. I've hacked out a bunch of questions to make it a bit shorter, this can then be tailored more to the exact circumstances. I think it could do with some work cos right now it's for ongoing struggles; it'd be very useful to have one adapted for struggles which are over as well, with a general assessment of how it went/what could've been done differently.

prol's in here: http://www.prol-position.net/etc/quest3

And my reduced suggestions are here. Any comments/thoughts/additions/suggestions, you think any of these q's are superfluous please say so here!

3. What was the starting point of the struggle? (management measures…)
4. What happened just before this? (atmosphere amongst the workers, changes to the organisation of work…)
5. What other struggles happened earlier? (in the same company, in others, after state measures…)
6. What are the official demands?
7. Who has made them or put them forward?
14. Who took the initiative in the struggle? (workers, the union…)
17. What are the proposals for the forms of struggle? (strikes, blockades…)
18. Who puts the suggestions forward?
20. Which kinds of attempts are made in order to include other people beyond the department or company? (rallies, demos…)
23. What kinds of attempts exist to undermine or disturb the struggle? (scabbing…)
28. What kinds of problems have workers had trying to organise the strike action?

Effects
29. What are the effects of the struggle? (production stops, disturbance of the work in other areas…)
30. What do the workers have to say about the effects? (on other workers, clients, patients…)

The course of the struggle
32. How can the struggle develop further? (actions, extending the struggle…)
33. What is the mood of the workers?
34. What kind of conflicts are there between the workers? (different positions, divisions based on origin or gender…)
35. How do people deal with that? (discussions, arguments…)
36. How have the conflicts between each other changed during the course of the struggle?
37. What's the reaction of the bosses? (redundancies, lockouts, pressure…)
40. Is the end of the struggle already in sight?
41. What will or has happen(ed) afterwards? (return to work, more bosses' measures, new struggles…)

Assessment
42. What do the workers have to say about the experiences they are having? (strength, weaknesses…)
43. What can be done better or differently next time?
44. What connections do the workers see between their struggle and the general situation of society?
45. What connections do the workers see between struggles in other sectors?

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Feb 13 2007 09:04

Yo John. I had a look through I re-ordered a couple questions, added a few little bits and added a couple more questions. I put stuff in square brackets at first but they're a bitch to find on this keyboard so I bolded them after that. There's a question about what was done to publicise it during the struggle; but should there be another one about what has been done to ensure lessons are learnt from the struggle in question? Or is this questionnaire an offer to do that?
I think it's good, just needs the tenses tightening up.

3. What was the starting point of the struggle? (Working conditions getting worse? pay, hours, rate, health and safety etc, refusal of management to award a payrise etc.)

4. What happened [perhaps "what was the atmosphere like before the starting point?"] just before this? (atmosphere amongst the workers, changes to the organisation of work…)
5. Had there been any previous struggles in the same organisation or over similar measures? did you know about these struggles? (in the same company, in others, after state measures…)
14. Who took the initiative in the struggle? (workers, the union…)
6. Did you make official demands and what were they?
How were these demands decided upon? (open meeting? majority vote etc)
7. Who has made them or put them forward?
17. What are the proposals for the forms of struggle? (strikes, blockades…)
18. Who puts the suggestions forward?
20. Which kinds of attempts are made in order to include other people beyond the department or company? (rallies, demos, leaflets…)
23. What kinds of attempts exist to undermine or disturb the struggle? (scabbing…)
28. What kinds of problems have workers had trying to organise the strike action?

Effects
29. What are the [wider] effects of the struggle? (production stops, disturbance of the work in other area, problems for suppliers/clients/users)
30. What do the workers have to say about these effects? (on other workers, clients, patients…)

The course of the struggle
32. How can the struggle develop further? (actions, extending the struggle…)
33. What is the mood of the workers?
34. What kind of conflicts are there between the workers? (different positions, divisions based on origin or gender…[Willingness to compromise to end the struggle])
35. How do people deal with that? (discussions, arguments…)
36. How have the conflicts between each other changed during the course of the struggle?
37. What's the reaction of the bosses? (redundancies, lockouts, pressure…)
40. Is the end of the struggle already in sight?
41. What will or has happen(ed) afterwards? (return to work, any concessions won, any backtracking by the bosses, more bosses' measures, new struggles…)
While the struggle was taking place did you have advice or support from any sources and how did you use this? (for example: accounts of previous struggles, personal experience of those involved, members of the public, union reps, political groups etc)

Assessment
42. What do the workers have to say about the experiences they are having? (strength, weaknesses…)
43. What can be done better or differently next time?
44. What connections do the workers see between their struggle and the general situation of society?
45. What connections do the workers see between struggles in other sectors?

ftony
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Feb 13 2007 09:30

tut tut john, 6/10 from JC tongue

nevertheless, i think they're valid points.

who's the survey aimed at?

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Feb 13 2007 11:03

ah cheers nice one JC - esp "Willingness to compromise to end the struggle", good question.

ftony wrote:
tut tut john, 6/10 from JC tongue

nevertheless, i think they're valid points.

who's the survey aimed at?

It's not a survey, it's a questionnaire to send to people (or that people can fill in themselves) who are involved or have been involved in struggles at work. Mainly to use as a guide for interviews with the intention of putting them up in our library or news sections as appropriate.

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Feb 13 2007 11:47

sorry, i meant questionnaire, but it came out wrong smile

i was only asking in case i knew of any good leads for y'all. will have a think...