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Old 05.10.2017, 21:45
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Re: The Brexit referendum thread: potential consequences for GB, EU and the Brits in

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I have been reluctant to say it, but I've been thinking that for quite a while now.



A story from a trade union shop steward I knew many years ago.

In wage negotiations, the trade union would ask for, say, a 7.5% pay rise, and management would respond with "2.5% and not a penny more". The atmosphere across the negotiating table would be totally confrontational.

What would then happen would be a private word between 2 individuals during a coffee break where it would go:

"How's the wife and kids?"
"Fine thanks, how are yours?"
...
Management: "What are you really after?"
Union: "We thought 5% reasonable"
Management: "We were thinking of 4.5%"
Union: "Split the difference? 4.75%?"
Management: "Yes"


That's a fair assessment.
As a sort of side comment, if Boris was a well connected Foreign Secretary then someone would have given him a tip about these secret discussions?
For the conspiracy enthusiasts, maybe someone did tell him
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