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A Spring Outing

Having Fun from Collective Bargaining and Nanhu Agritainment

来源:不详 | 编辑:在行动管理员 | 发布时间:2013-04-01 | 栏目:News | | 投票数:1 | 点击:1239
内容导读:Intheearlyspring,whenhibernatorswakeupatthebalmywind,andstreetsandlanesbecomemorevibrant,manypeoplemusthavelongwantedtogetclosetonature! OnthelastdayofthisMarch,theOnActionInternationalCulturalCenterinWuhanorganizedtwentyplusvolunteersandsetoutajourneyonwhichwehadthefifthModel……

In the early spring, when hibernators wake up at the balmy wind, and streets and lanes become more vibrant, many people must have long wanted to get close to nature!

On the last day of this March, the On Action International Cultural Center in Wuhan organized twenty plus volunteers and set out a journey on which we had the fifth Model Collective Bargaining at Huazhong Agricultural University and enjoyed the fun of cooking by ourselves on the Nanhu agri-tourism farm.

At around nine in the morning, volunteers gathered at the gate of Huazhong Agricultural University. Under the lead of the staff, we arrived at our first stop—a spot for model collective bargaining.


Introduce the ABC of Collective Bargaining

The director Chen Xuelian led a warm-up game called “Peach Blossoming” where each person acted as another’s “angel” and was supposed to keep an eye on their “kings”, care for them, and offer them help without exposing the identity of angel. This little game aroused laughter and before long, the volunteers became friends.

The Model Collective Bargaining started with the staff Zhang Chunlei’s short speech of concerned basic knowledge.

Then volunteers formed the Labor Team and the Management Team of their own accord to negotiate under the given background of a three-day-strike by workers from a manufactory of an American Brand Enterprise in Guangdong—a strike that might cause severe consequences. The issues needed to be addressed include payments, working hours and the election of union representatives.

 

The Labor and the Management: Heated Negotiation

 

Both teams learned about the background information, discussed to choose the negotiating strategies and sent four representatives to debate respectively. While the Labor asserted claims such as raising payments and reducing working hours, the Management leveraged whatever methods they could to defend themselves and time and again stressed that the priority was “to resume production”, showing no trace of retreat. The model negotiation was indeed a heated verbal battle in which both parties gave a full play of their gaming skills. The volunteers were so serious about their roles that even till the end when the director was summarizing and commenting on this activity, to reach their “goals”, they still tried to continue their defending. What a Labor of strong right-protection awareness and what a Management of flexibility and cleverness!

After that, we got to the second stop, the Nanhu agri-tourism farm, where there were tools and equipment for cooking as well as entertainment devices like mahjong and sound equipment, and began our joyful experience of agritainment.

Every volunteer rushed to work in the kitchen—they cleaned dishes, picked and chopped vegetables, and cooked meals. Only when all the chores were taken did other volunteers chose to entertain themselves. Some volunteers good at cooking went out of their way that they brought from home ingredients, wanting to make some special dishes; volunteers not knowing how to cook, with help, actively made a try; and some volunteers served as “tasters” and made timely “evaluations” of the dishes.

Within an hour, more than twenty dishes were made, occupying a whole table. We sat down together and drank to the fruits of cooperated work. Various games were played at the meal and every one had fun in that lively atmosphere.


Say “Cheers!” to Our Fruits of Work

At the end of the day, we left the agri-tourism farm contently yet wistfully and took a stroll along the Nanhu Lake, laughing and sharing what we learned and how we felt. We look forward to meet again!


Volunteers at the Gate of Huazhong Agricultural University

 

Written by Tang Saijun

Translated by Jin Ke

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