Peter Novak: Hello, John and thanks for meeting me again. I really appreciate that you are taking time for meeting me so soon and early in the morning.
John Davidson: It’s all right. It’s going to be a long and busy day so I suggest we get down to business, shall we?
Peter Novak: Okay. Now, if there’s anything you’d like to say first…
John Davidson: No, no, I think you should go first.
Peter Novak: Fine. Well, the latest analysis of the company’s efficiency has showed that ABT Electron improved the figures from last year DESPITE the recession. Don’t get me wrong, I’m very proud to be a member/participant in such progress and success; however, I’m not satisfied with my salary. The salary has remained the same over the past two years although the business has grown considerably. I’ve been with ABT Electron from the very start, that is for four years and my salary is almost as it was in 2006.
John Davidson: I’m afraid I can’t agree with that, Peter. I’m sure your salary is not the same as four years ago.
Peter Novak: John, I said it is ALMOST as it was when I started, despite the fact the business has been growing all these years.
John Davidson: Based on the latest analysis of ABT Electron efficiency, the same analysis that you mentioned, the salaries were increased by 3.2% on average in this year alone.
Peter Novak: Yes, I’m sure this sounds just great on paper, but the reality is …
John Davidson: It seems to me we have a different opinion here.
Peter Novak: John, please, let me finish and then I’ll be happy to hear your position.
John Davidson: Yes, go on.
Peter Novak: As I said, I’m very proud to be a part of this rising company, however I feel undervalued. I think I at least deserve an honest salary. I’d hate having to work for any other company, as a matter of fact, I don’t think there’s any company that could compete with ABT Electron right now. However, my salary is the same or even worse than the salaries at the companies I have mentioned. Thus I can only say that if you don’t raise my salary by 5%, I’ll be forced to consider other options.
John Davidson: Can I ask you to explain how you think it’s possible to give you this enormous raise! 5%, this means almost €2.00 per hour, this is impossible.
Peter Novak: Let me just add that I’m willing to take extra responsibilities and extra work on condition that you give me a raise.
John Davidson: Well, I agree with you in that you should take some extra responsibility, especially in this turbulent time…
Peter Novak: What do you mean by turbulent time? Correct me if I’m wrong, but the company has reached the top this year and thus I cannot understand why I, a loyal employee of the company, don’t deserve a raise.
John Davidson: I’m sorry Peter, but we can’t give you a raise. And the time for our meeting is running out.
Peter Novak: Please, spare me ten more minutes.
John Davidson: All right. So what you’re saying is that you’re quitting if we don’t give you a raise?
Peter Novak: John, I’ve always been a loyal employee thus I believe it’s only fair to settle this issue now.
John Davidson: Fine, but €2.00 really isn’t an option.
Peter Novak: Look here, I might be willing to accept €1.50 provided that you change my title.
John Davidson: I’m sorry, Peter, but we can’t change your title anymore, you’re not qualified.
Peter Novak: Then I’ll accept 1.50 € and never mind the title. And supposing that our team closes the M&Z deal in six months then we’ll talk again.
John Davidson: All right. I guess we can say this is a fair agreement.
Peter Novak: Excellent. So we’ve both agreed on raising the salary at a rate of 1.50 € per hour.
John Davidson: Including extra responsibilities…
Peter Novak: Certainly. Now, can we shake on it?
John Davidson: Yes. Now I have to hurry, I’m late for a very important meeting. And send me the McCollin’s design draft ASAP. Goodbye.
Peter Novak: Thank you and goodbye.