Your own advocate is “de facto” your negotiator. After all, there is a one-sided assignment basis. Your advocate for whom dismissal and the labor dispute are daily business, has all the knowledge and experience you now need.
For an employee, the defining advantage in this is that the advocate first eliminates the power differential and political tensions in the existing relationship. With this, respect is restored and with it the willingness to listen in consultation and negotiation.
An equal negotiation is opened in an honest equal discussion. The employee, in consultation with his/her advocate, decides where to compromise or make concessions. Arguments and discussions are held on the basis of equality and substance with the goal of reaching a better common understanding. Praising and bidding is avoided.
In our experience, employee advocacy leads to the best results.