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Consider the following points. Share your ideas with a partner or a small group. Be prepared to explain your answers to the class.
a. Why is John Martin amazed to see the group of consultants in the firm?
b. What made H.G. call in a firm, who are consultants in work study techniques ?
c. What can Mr. Scott and his consultants do for Harper & Grant Ltd.?
d. In what way does Advertising Manager have a hand in inviting consultants?
e. What were the steps H.G. hadn’t bargained for and why do these steps make him annoyed?
2. Recount the situation as if you were John Martin. Say what you think your firm needs as far as management is concerned.
3. Suppose you are Peter Wiles. What makes you think that workers might dislike investigators and interfere with their work?
4. Render the situation as if you were Joanna Harvey.
5. Act out a conversation between
a. Peter Wiles and Hector Grant about the results of the work study survey and the necessity of changes in the firm;
b. Peter Wiles and John Martin after the departure of the consultants
Listen to the tape and practise the pronunciation of the following words and word combinations, quote the sentences in which they are used in the unit. Consult a dictionary and translate them into Russian.
a compulsory scheme
to sack somebody/ to be sacked
syn. to dismiss
There is no call for ...
the Pension Fund Trustees’ Meeting
to come up
to save somebody from redundancy
a pension scheme
to pay contributions into the pension fund
a period of employment
to qualify for a pension
to be entitled to the (full) pension
to be due to retire
the articles of the pension fund
to be impeccable
to do something for the sake of something
to agree the accounts
at a rough guess
to be compensated out of something
to make something up to the proper amount
to make full use of something/somebody
to take over (a takeover)
to hold percentage
to streamline the company
to persuade somebody to see reason
to use one’s ingenuity in doing something
Consider the introduction to the unit. Answer the following questions and be ready to give a story line. Use the word combinations in brackets.
1. What do we call a pension? Is it a compulsory scheme?
(to pay money to an employee; to retire on reaching a certain age; a compulsory scheme; to pay a fixed amount every week; to pay a larger amount; on retirement; to get the state pension; to operate one’s own pension scheme)
2. In what way do the companies arrange their own pension schemes?
(to give the employees money to retire on; to be governed by a trust-deed; to be separate from the company; to be appointed; to hold meetings regularly; to approve money for pensions; to examine the fund accounts)
3. Is it the same in Harper & Grant Ltd.?
(to pay a certain amount of one’s wages into the fund; to invest money; to increase the value of money; a period of employment; to qualify for a pension)
4. What does Mr. Grant want to do as a result of the productivity drive?
(to close down unprofitable departments; the redundant workers; to be absorbed into other departments; to be a craftsman in the old style; to be a carpenter able to do fine hand carving; to be hardly ever required)
5. What does Ian Hampden, the Personnel Manager, think about Mr. Grant’s intentions?
(to get rid of someone; to make somebody change his mind; to be determined on something; to streamline the company; to make the company more profitable and competitive; to find out; to suggest a way of persuading somebody to see reason)
6. What circumstances did Peter recall when he discussed the situation with Ian before the meeting?
(to be due to be held shortly; to be approved; to have to leave the firm; to look after somebody; to become an invalid; to rejoin the company; according to the articles of the trust; to leave the firm for a time; to work a certain number of years; to qualify for the full pension)
7. What do the articles of the trust read?
(to complete the time; to have some years to go; to be sacked, or fired; to be given a full pension; to have an extremely bad effect on everybody; to be with the firm)
8. In what way does Peter contribute to Ian’s decision to save B. Hardiman from redundancy?
(to suggest something cunningly; to make up the difference; to pay the money to make up the pension to the full amount; to interrupt employment; to be shrewd enough; the lesser of the two evils; to let somebody stay; the proper retirement age)
9. In what way can Ambrose Harper’s illness effect the future of the firm?
(to be an elderly man; to own half the shares in the company; to be bought by a rival firm; to want to take over; to change the present set-up)
Give the English equivalents for the following word combinations: