:: I think the whole thing would run much more smoothly, if the place was
: self-managed and their was a democratic (non-bureaucratic) union in place to negotiate decent contracts with the franchise owner.
ARE YOU FOR REAL ? There is no way a McDonald's could "self manage" ! If the crew were left in charge tomorrow, they'd all be sitting in the crew room with a large coke, watching TV, while the customers queued and queued ! Given the choice, noone wants to work hard. And you couldn't convince them that everyone will benefit in the long term by self managing - the majority of crew don't look further than next pay day.
Tell us how self managing would work on the floor. Take for example, -the trash area is stinking. Who decides who cleans it, how long it takes, what the standard should be ? It's the worst job in the store. If the crew managed themselves they'd spend the whole shift arguing about who was going to do it, and it would never get done.
We can tell you quite categorically that your lovely idea would be shot to shit in less than ten minutes if we tried it on the floor.
Anyone else got any bright ideas ?
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