Mysuru: "Transparent discussion between management and union will always make the industry strong. Unless the industry is strong we will not be able to generate money and employment. Only when we generate employment that too in competitive environment, a country can progress," said N Muthukumar, Immediate Past Chairman, CII Karnataka, and President and Whole Time Director, Automotive Axles Limited.
Speaking during an interactive session organised by CII, Mysuru chapter on ‘Progressive Approach for Industrial Relations with Management and Trade Union Leaders at Hotel Southern Start on Tuesday, May 28, Muthukumar said “Four year in a row, CII is organizing meeting between trade union and management to understand certain basic principles which helps in the peaceful industrial environment. Earlier we used to hear of strikes. CII strongly believes that these types of difference in opinion come because of lack of trust between trade union and management. Our objective is to have both of them in the same platform, discuss broader issues to make the company and country competitive”.
“Without trade union, management cannot achieve anything and without management trade union cannot achieve anything. Everybody should work together. We feel many of the company's problems come in terms of lower productivity or in terms of industrial unrest. In the last three to four years a lot of industrial unrests has come down” added Muthukumar.
H Mahadevan, Working President of AITUC and Deputy General Secretary of World Forum of Trade Unions who also spoke on the occasion said “Many Supreme Court decisions including the latest decision that all temporary workers who are on contract or casual worker are entitled to the minimum wages of the concerned industry’s permanent workmen, are not being implemented in the industry. Such laws are not implemented and not allowed to be implemented also. Minimum wages, Recognition of Unions, Typical forms of employment, are three issues which are currently pertaining. Surprisingly, in 1957, Indian labour conference came out with certain norms which are yet to be implemented. There cannot be social dialogue unless there is no role of trade union”. Meenakshi Sundaram, General Secretary, CITU, Karnataka mentioned that unionisation in unorganised industry is just 10 percent.
Amith Kumar, Vice Chairman of CII Mysuru said “For any country’s progress, industrial progress is also very important. For industries to grow in a country, the atmosphere needs to be conducive. For that employees as well the union leaders play an important role. Trade union leaders also play very important role on this. Industries in Mysuru have grown rapidly over the years but still its long way to go to catch up with the bigger industries”.
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