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Such issues as hurrying through work in progress; topping up raw materials; energy supplies and stocking up critical customers will likely come to the fore.

For companies in strong trade associations it could be wise to try and secure understandings that competitors will not take advantage of the situation.

Latest statistics suggest an increasing number of strikes.

As I write, workers from Colgate Palmolive in Petone have gone on a 24 hour strike and manned a picket line to coincide with the arrival of a company bigwig.

Among the first things a boss should do if faced with a strike is obviously plan your counter action – hopefully before disruption starts. If it’s just for 24 hours, he might simply just ride it out.

A 24/7 business facing disruption of unknown duration will need to work out ways of manning or shutting down the plant.

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