What are ethics? The definition of the dictionary is the following: a set of principles of right conduct. It is linked to morality too. We can find this concept in a lot of aspects of life. It touches the social environment. A good person is someone who follows an ethical and moral conduct. It is a sort of respect towards everyone and the group community. But ethics don't concern only people. Indeed, they concern states, organizations and companies. Ethics play an important part in decision making for companies. There are lots of examples to illustrate an unethical activity of companies. Indeed, some big companies are often criticized concerning their practice. They make their products in Asian countries, where labor costs are very low and where children can work. After that, they sell those products in Western countries at a very high price because of the brand image. By citing this example, I precisely think about one big US company: Nike which did these practices. Indeed, Nike violated local labor laws by maltreating employees and sweatshop conditions in its Asian factories.
[...] What are the reasons of such a strike? The context is very complicated. It has a national, social and political dimension. The core subject of these protests is the reform of the specific retirements' system announced by the French work Minister, Mr. Xavier Bertrand. This special pensions plan concerns more than workers and 1.1 million pensioned people. It concerns SNCF, RATP, EDF-GDF workers and other workers of different activities. But when we talk about special pension plan, people think first about SNCF workers. [...]
[...] I Dilemma Description am I going to go working tomorrow?” This is a question, which many French people asked themselves on the last 18th of October and 14th of November, because of the French rail strike. The situation was really important and had a lot of impacts for everyone. Employees of rail transport industry decided to go on strike and in particularly employees of SNCF (French National Rail Company), which is a French public enterprise, and employees of RATP, which provide transport services in Paris including underground railways. [...]
[...] III Ethical Discussion There are some moral and ethical aspects of the French rail strike to take in consideration. Is it a fair situation? Is it legal? Is it ethical? Here are some responses to those questions. First, it is incontestable that the strike is legal. Indeed, this right has been existed since 1864 tanks to the Ollivier law. And in 1946, the strike right has been fully recognized by the French constitution. This right is recognized for all employees. [...]
[...] They do not hesitate to continue the strike even if they are not paid to reach their goal of keeping their rights. Rail transport users Rail transport users are the victims of this situation. They are totally blocked and have to organize their moving to leave their home. They are totally dependent of strikers and they have to wait for the unblocking of the situation. They have to wait for better times and to find a solution to trip or to go to their office. [...]
[...] So, that is the context of the French rail strikes. Employees do not want to loose their advantages. That is why; they went on strike by blocking people in their transport uses. II Stakeholder Map Before considering the moral the moral and ethical leadership applications of these strikes, it is important to understand who is concerned by those successive strikes. There are five main groups, which are concerned by this situation and have a specific role: the government, presidents of SNCF and RATP, labor trade unions, employees concerned by specific pension plans and rail transport users. [...]
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