www.peoplematters.inThere is a common strand that connects L. K. Chaudhary, Roy J George and AwanishKumar Dev. Be it the case of Chaudhary who was India division Chief Executive Officer(CEO) and Managing Director at Italian auto parts maker Graziano Trasmissioni Spa, orGeorge who served as Vice-President (HR) at auto instruments maker Pricol Ltd, ormore recently that of Dev who was the General Manager, Human Resources at MarutiSuzuki India Ltd; all three – white collar company executives – died at the hands ofmilitant workers on factory premises. These cases bring to fore the ugly face of industrialunrest and labor violence. The continuous and escalating worker-managementconfrontation are reasons enough to look at the deeper malaise – social, political andeconomic; the bedrock of the gruesome violence.Whatever the provocation, and however justified the workers’ grievances, suchinstances of violence are deplorable.
www.peoplematters.inAs the dark side of labor militancy comes back to haunt Indian business, it raises seriousquestions about the role of trade unions and industrial relations amidst changing workforceaspirations. Can employers come to terms with this new reality?•The contract labor (Regulation and Abolition) Act, 1970 is woefully inadequate to meet thechallenges of the present day economic ecosystem.•The end result of the government’s apathy in coming out with proper reforms is that workersend up suffering because of the fallout of laws originally designed to protect their interests.•Trade union activists reason that a majority of the protests in last 2-3 years in the Gurgaon -Manesar belt are due to companies’ unwillingness to allow formation of labor unions.•A sustained two way communication in a transparent environment leaves no scope formistrust and misunderstandings, thereby minimizing any untoward distress.
www.peoplematters.in“As I see it, I feel that the mainreason for the increasing We need to have a relook at ourfrequency of labor disputes employee relations; a relationship thatseems to be the lack of trust” is based on mutual trust. It is important for organizations to realize that the fundamental aspect of management is human relationship and hence, efforts must be made to build robust relationship. The credibility of the management philosophy can be established when it is seen by the employees to be objective, transparent and at the same time firm and fair. We need to have a relook at our employee relations; a relationship that is based on mutual trust. It is important for organizations to realize that the fundamental aspect of management is human relationship and hence, efforts must be made to build robust relationship. Click for full story
www.peoplematters.inIndustries react… Corporate India must urgently focus on building a sense of community at the workplace and treating people fairly. Anil Sachdev, Fouder & CEO, School of Inspired Leadership Click for full story If a ‘strong and swift action’ is not taken against those involved in this crime, it will encourage many others to resort to similar violent tactics.” Dr. Aquil Busrai, CEO, Aquil Busrai Consulting Click for full story The need of the hour is for labor and management to focus on making Indian manufacturing globally competitive through continuous partnership for a more sustainable growth scenario. Dr. Arvind N. Agrawal, President, Corporate Development & Human Resources, RPG Enterprises Click for full story
www.peoplematters.inIndustries react… Labor reforms must focus on managing aspirations of working class through skill development , fair play and participation. Bimal Rath, Founder, Think Talent Click for full story We are headed for a nation where some states are vastly more industrialized than others, and these will ensure positive climate for both businesses and workforce. Gurprriet Singh, Managing Consultant, YSC India Click for full story The HR profession must rise to the occasion and refocus on building a true, genuine, consultative employee relationship across the workforce. Dr. Chandrasekhar Spriada, VP & Head HR, IBM India & South Asia Click for full story
www.peoplematters.inIndustries react… Our current labor law not only violates the fundamental right of every India to work, but retards organized sector job creation, encourages capital substitution of labor and creates a labor aristocracy. Manish Sabharwal, CEO, TeamLease Click for full story It is a clear case of law and order as it appears that a few people took law in their own hands, instigated others and resorted to violence. Dr. P. V. R. Murthy, CEO, Exclusive Search Recruitment Click for full story The direction of labor reform must follow the demographics of a developing economy. Marcel R. Parker, Chairman, IKYA Human Capital Solutions Click for full story
www.peoplematters.inIndustries react… We will win over violence - immediately perhaps not, but definitely. Pankaj Bansal, Co-founder & CEO, PeopleStrong Click for full story It is a clear case of law and order as it appears that a few people took law in their own hands, instigated others and resorted to violence. Prabhakar L., Vice President, Human Resources, Agri-Business, Division, ITC Click for full story Inadequate focus by the leadership to proactively listen and respond to workforce issues drives the latter more into the arms of the unions. Prabir Jha, Senior VP & Head HR, Tata Motors Click for full story
www.peoplematters.inIndustries react… What is the disparity that arises from bottom level to the highest level? Prince Augustin, Executive VP, Group Human Capital & Leadership Development, Mahindra & Mahindra Click for full story The fraternity would need to address the entire spectrum of stakeholders, be it the government, HR bodies, corporates, unions, student fraternity, global investors, etc. N.S. Rajan, Partner & Global Practice Leader, People & Organization, Ernst & Young Click for full story The attempt by some , especially multi nationals, to discourage unionization has added to the volatility of IR, and their preferred tactic is to employ workers on contract. Rajesh Rai, Director, Human Resources, Expedia India Click for full story
www.peoplematters.inIndustries react… It is important to be able to continue to provide the right environment for industries to flourish and take the country to greater heights. Ritu Anand, VP & Deputy Head HR, Tata Consultancy Services Click for full story In my view both the words collective and bargaining in a negotiation context are based on mistrust which is completely out of place in contemporary working in today’s era. Sharad Gangal, Executive VP (HR/IR/Admn), Thermax Click for full story The first and foremost priority should be to bring about a change in the perspective of the government to distinguish between a criminal act and an IR issue. R. P. Singh, Director (HR & Legal), IFFCO Click for full story
www.peoplematters.inIndustries react… The labor law framework has to be rebalanced to reflect that reality, ensure right standards are maintained, and indiscipline/violations are dealt with swiftly and objectively. Sonali Roychowdhury, Country Head, P & G Click for full story The trade union system in India also requires a serious review & re- orientation of its approach to monitor, manage & advocate the cause of the contract workmen in this country. Sujoy Banerjee, President – Group HR & OD, McNally Bharat Engineering Company Click for full story Any labor union or it’s members’ act of protest or violence of this nature is a heinous act and is beyond comprehension of any civilized society. Yashwant Mahadik, Head Human Resources, India Subcontinent, Philips Click for full story
www.peoplematters.inIndustries react… The authorities need to clinically identify the root cause and the perpetuators, and then deal with them forcefully and surgically. S. Varadarajan, Executive President – HR, Tata Teleservices Click for full storyViolence, whatever may be the provocation, can never be the means to a solution.Stakeholders must understand that human values, dignity and respect must standabove all. The fate meted out to L. K. Chaudhary, Roy J. George and Awanish KumarDev is a cruel reminder that resorting to violence in the garb of labor dispute isshocking and unpardonable, human regression at its most deplorable nadir – an actthat puts an entire nation to shame.
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