International Relations Negotiation Role-Play: MC Metals

TitleInternational Relations Negotiation Role-Play: MC Metals
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication1998
AuthorsDelisi, D, Susskind, L, Levy, P
Keywordsagency, agreement, agreements, bargaining, conflict, Conflict Resolution, contingent agreement, dispute, environmental conflict resolution, interests, Multiparty negotiation, multiparty negotiations, negotiation, negotiations, trust

Six-person integrative negotiation among representatives of manufacturing company, occupational safety agency, union, local fire department, and local technical expert to settle claims of safety violations that allegedly caused two employee deaths.

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MC Metals, a subsidiary of a London-based multi-national corporation, is a large metal production company. The metal production process creates a waste residue, which MC Metals recycles or burns to create energy for its operations. Through a series of accidents in the recycling process, two workers were killed and some workers and fire fighting crew members were injured.

After the explosion, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (‘OSHA’) investigated the incident and found that MC Metals was not only at fault but that it had violated numerous safety regulations. MC Metals, which has a reputation for being highly concerned with safety, is contesting all charges.

MC Metals has requested an Informal Settlement Conference with an OSHA representative. Due to the publicity surrounding the case, MC Metals has agreed to have a member of the Town Fire Department, a union representative, and a local resident/expert present at the meeting.