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MBA PAPER 4.33 INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS
SYLLABUS UNIT 1 Industrial Relations: Concept – Definition – Significance – Objectives – Scope – Approaches – Principles of good industrial relations – Role of State, Employers and the Unions in industrial relation. Trade Unionism and Industrial Relations: Labour movement – Concepts – Trade union movement – Development of trade unionism in Indian – Functions and problems of trade unions. International Labour Movement – International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) – World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTC) – International Labour Organisations (ILO) – Origin, history, objectives and functions. UNIT 3 Industrial Disputes: Meaning – Causes – Forms – Industrial relations machinery – Joint consultation – Works committee – Conciliations – Court of Enquiry – Voluntary arbitration – Adjudication. Employee Discipline: Definition – Causes of indiscipline – Code of discipline – Disciplinary procedure – Code of conduct. Grievance Handling: Meaning of grievances – Causes of grievances – Guidelines for grievance handling – Grievances redressal procedures. UNIT 4 Worker’s Participation in Management: Meaning – Significance – Forms – Situations in India. Collective Bargaining: Meaning – Significance – Principles – Process – Training methods – Evaluation of training and retraining. Wage Administration and Industrial Relations – Wage policy – Objectives – Wage regulation machinery – Wage Board: Growth and development – Composition and functions – Evaluation of wage bonds.
Employee Communication: Meaning - Significance - Types – Barriers – Methods of overcoming barriers – Principal of effective communication -
Dynamics of Industrial Relations in India. Chockalingam Professor and Head Debt. Of Commerce (DDE) Annamalai University. safety and security: Meaning – Significance – Programmes – Employee Counseling: Meaning – Significance – Types and Process – Conflict management: Meaning – Types of conflict episode – management of conflict – Quality circle: Meaning – Objectives – Techniques. 4. Michael V P. Himalaya. 2. 3. personal Management and Industrial Relations. Agra Publ. REFERNCES 1. SM. . UNIT 6 Employee health. Annamalainagar. Industrial Relations. Bhagoliwal TN. HRM and Human Relations. Course Material prepared by Dr.Employee Education and Training – Concept – features – Aims and objects – Contents – Teaching techniques – Training Schemes. Arun Monappa. Mamoria and Mamoria. Tata Mc Graw Hill. Himalaya.
Labour And The Constitution UNIT – II 3. Workers’ Participation in Management 8. Collective Bargaining 9. Employee Discipline UNIT – IV 7. Trade Unionism UNIT – III 4. Worker’s Education and Training UNIT – VI 12. Employee Safety Programme 14. Industrial Disputes 5. Conflict Management . Industrial Relations – Introduction 2. Employee Communication 11. Wage Administration and Industrial Relations UNIT – V 10. Employee Counseling 15.CONTENTS UNIT – I 1. Industrial Health and Social Security 13. Grievances Handling 6.
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2. Industrial Relations – Introduction Labour and The Constitutions .UNIT – I 1.
there emerged a new class of professional managers causing divorce between ownership and management. Under such a set-up industrial relations were simple. All this led to close proximity between the manager and the managed. indirect. The management has to deal with employees today nto as individuals but also as members of organized social groups who are very much conscious about their rights and have substantial bargaining strength. Also. This situation underwent a marked change with the advent of industrial revolution – size of the business increased needing investment of enormous financial and human resources. This phenomenon of a new complex industrial set-up is directly attributable to the emergence of ‘Industrial Revolution”. It is considered to be a venture based on purposeful cooperation between management and labour in the process of production and maximum social good is regarded as its ultimate end and both management and employees contribute in their own way towards its success. small scale investment. Any grievance or misunderstanding on the part of either party could be promptly removed. the objective of evolving and maintaining sound industrial relations is not only to find our ways and means to solve conflicts to resolve differences but also to secure the cooperation among the employees in the conduct of industry. local markets and small number of persons employed. The pre-industrial revolution period was characterized by a simple process of manufacture. Each country has sought to . labour today is no more an unorganized mass of ignorant works ready to obey without resentment or protest the arbitrary and discretionary dictates of management. Industry today is neither viewed as a venture of employers alone nor profit if considered as its sole objective. This new set-up rendered the old philosophy of industrial relation irrelevant and gave rise to complex. direct and personal. Due to personal and direct relationship between the employer and the employee it was easier to secure cooperation of the latter.Lesson 1 Industrial Relations – Introduction Industrial relations constitute one of the most delicate and complex problems of the modern industrial society. Hence. there was no interference by the State in the economic activities of the people. and relations between the employer and the employer became entranged and gradually antagonistic. Almost all the industrialized countries of he world fact the problem of establishing and maintaining good management worker relationships in their industries. and impersonal industrial relations. But maintaining smooth industrial relation is not an easy task. Similarly.
The other set of factors. described as ‘economic factors’ include the nature of economic organization capitalist. social and political environment. customers and public who come into its contact. The first set of factors. social. are regulated. There are mainly two set of factors that determine the state of industrial relations – whether good or poor in any country. Dunlop defines industrial relations as “the complex interrelations among managers. . Industrial relations. The term ‘industrial relations’ is used widely in industrial organizations and refers to the relations between the employers and workers in an organization.T. trade union and management. However. how their relations including wages and working conditions etc. state. it refers to all types of relationships between employer and employees. works and union and between workers and workers. In indusial relations. at any specified time. psychological. J. what difficulties arise between them. described as ‘institutional factors’ include type of labour legislation. the nature and composition of labour force etc. Such a relationship is therefore complex and multidimensional resting on economic.find our solution. therefore. According to Dale Yoder “industrial relations is the process of management dealing with one or more unions with a view to negotiate and subsequently administer collective bargaining agreement or labour contract”.. thus. the sources of demand and supply in the labour market. include both ‘industrial relations’ and ‘collective relations’ as well as the role of the state in regulating these relations. The term ‘industrial relations’ has been variously defined. political and legal levels. ethical. Distinction between human relations and industrial relations The term ‘human relations’ lays stress upon the processes of inter-personal relationships among individuals as well as the behavior of individuals as members of groups. depending upon its economic. industrial conflict still arises and therefore establishment and maintenance of satisfactory industrial relations forms an important plank in the personnel policies of modern organization. socialist technology. occupational. one seeks to study how people get on together at their work. industrial relations cover all such relationships that a business enterprise maintains with various sections of the society such as workers. Meaning In the broad sense. workers and agencies of the governments”. It also includes all sorts of relationships at both formal and informal levels in the organization. In the narrow sense. extent and stage of development of trade unions and employers’ organizations and the type of social institutions. policy of state relating to labour and industry.
3. the concept of ‘industrial relations’ has undergone a considerable change since the objective of evolving sound and healthy industrial relations today is not only to find out ways and means to solve conflicts or resolve difference but also t secure unreserved cooperation and goodwill to divert their interest and energies toward constructive channel. It ensures optimum use of scare resources: Good and harmonious industrial relations create a sense of belongingness and group-cohesiveness among workers. .Thus. This will ensure optimum use of resources. 2. the term ‘industrial relations’ is comprehensive covering human relations and the relations between the employers and workers in an organization as well as matters regulated by law or by specific collective agreement arrived at between trade unions and the management. This helps in establishing industrial democracy in the organization which motivates them to contribute their best to the growth and prosperity of the organization. result in higher productivity and hence income. It establishes industrial democracy: Industrial relations means settling employees problems through collective bargaining. management and employees’ unions. while problem of human relations are personal in character and are related to the behavior of individuals where moral and social element predominate. It contributes to economic growth and development: Good industrial relations lead to increased efficiency and hence higher productivity and income. Significance of Industrial Relations Maintenance of harmonious industrials relations is on vital importance for the survival and growth of the industrials enterprise. The significance of industrial relations can be summarized as below: 1. built-in mutual cooperation and common agreed approach motivate one to contribute one’s best. However. a sense of mutual confidence.. both human and materials. reduced turnover and other tangible benefits to the organization. essentially problems that may be solved effectively only by developing in conflicting social groups of an industrial undertaking. The problems of industrial relations are therefore. 4. Good industrial relations result in increased efficiency and hence prosperity. and also a congenial environment resulting in less industrial unrest. This will result in economic development of the economy.e. dependence and respect and at the same time encouraging them to come closer to each other for removing misunderstanding if any. mutual cooperation and mutual agreement amongst the parties i. give more job satisfaction and help improve the morale of the workers. It improves morale of he work force: Good industrial relations. eliminating all types of wastage. in a peaceful atmosphere and fostering industrial pursuits for mutual benefits. grievances and disputes.
7. team work. It discourages unfair practices on the part of both management and unions: Industrial relations involve setting up a machinery to solve problems confronted by management and employees through mutual agreement to which both these parties are bound. management does not bother to devise the best method but leaves it mainly to the subordinates to work it out for themselves. Indiscipline. However. Inappropriate introduction of automation without providing the right climate. Desire on the part of the workers for higher bonus or DA and the corresponding desire of the employers to give as little as possible. performance and productivity and hence in taking full advantages of modern inventions. Lack of human relations skill on the part of supervisors and other managers. An intolerant attitude of contempt of contempt towards the workers on the part of management. 6. 3. Management is not sufficiently concerned to ascertain the causes of inefficiency and unrest following the laissez-faire policy. 7. Mental inertia on the part of management and labour.5. 5. Unhealthy working conditions. 4. Contempt on the part of the employers towards the workers is another major cause. the following are briefly the causes of poor industrial relations: 1. This results in banning of the unfair practices being used by employers or trade unions. 6. . 8. until it is faced with strikes and more serious unrest. It prompts enactment of sound labour legislation: Industrial relations necessitate passing of certain labour laws to protect and promote the welfare of labour and safeguard interests of all the parties against unfair means or practices. innovations and other scientific and technological advances. 2. Inadequate fixation of wage or wage structure. It helps the work force to adjust themselves to change easily and quickly Causes of Poor Industrial Relations Perhaps the main cause or source of poor industrial relations resulting in inefficiency and labour unrest is mental laziness on the part of both management and labour. It facilitates change: Good industrial relations help in improvement of cooperation. Even with regard to methods of work.
To establish a proper channel of communication between workers and management.9. To make positive contributions for the economic development of the country. creating industrial peace and developing industrial democracy. strikes by others. 4. 10. To increase the morale and discipline of workers. To bring better understanding and cooperation between employers and workers. 11. and 15. 7. 12. 8. such as rising prices. Dispute on sharing the gains of productivity. 11. and general indiscipline having their effect on the employees’ attitudes. Unduly heavy workloads. General economic and political environment. 5. living conditions and reasonable wages. . Retrenchment. To work in the direction of establishing and maintaining industrial democracy. To ensure better working conditions. 13. To ensure workers’ participation in decision-making. Unfair labour practices. like victimization and undue dismissal. dismissals and lock-outs on the part of management and strikes on the part of the workers. Inter-union rivalries. 9. Scope The scope of industrial relations includes all aspects of relationships such as bringing cordial and healthy labour management relations. To develop employees to adapt themselves for technological. social and economic changes. 14. Inadequate welfare facilities. 6. 2. 3. To safeguard the interest of workers and the management. To ensure constructive contribution of trade unions. 10. To avoid industrial conflicts and to maintain harmonious relations. Objectives of Industrial Relations 1.
industrial conflict means the conflicting interests. psychological and political factors. Boards of Conciliation. To a politician. by collective bargaining. Psychological approach According to psychologists. by providing good working conditions. by evolving various legal measure and setting up various machineries such as Works Committee. and by recognition of human rights. The perceptions of situations and issues differ because the same position may appear entirely . problems of industrial relations have their origin in the perceptions of the management. Approaches to Industrial Relations Industrial conflicts are the results of several socio-economic. goals. operating within and reacting to a given socio-economic and political environment”. by maintaining healthy trade unions. Labour Courts etc.The cordial and healthy labour management relations could be brought in• • • • • • by safeguarding the interest of the workers. The industrial peace could be attained – • • by setting industrial disputes through mutual understanding and agreement. of situations or of issues involved in the conflict. To a psychologist. by fixing reasonable wages. One observer has stated. aspirations. Various lines of thoughts have been expressed and approaches used to explain his complex phenomenon. The industrial democracy could be achieved – • • by allowing workers to take part in management. unions and rank and file workers. by providing other social security measures. These perceptions may be the perceptions of persons. industrial conflict is a war of different ideologies – perhaps a class-war. “An economist tries to interpret industrial conflict in terms of impersonal markets forces and laws of supply demand. motives and perceptions of different groups of individuals.
The organizational behavior of inter-groups of management and workers is of crucial importance in the pattern of industrial relations. thus inseparable from the society in which it functions. disintegration of family structure. The perceptions of unions and of the management of the same issues may be widely different and. Other factors also influence perception and may bring about clashes. customs. tolerance etc. Through tension is more direct in work place. Through the main function of an industry is economic. As industries develop. the management must realize that efforts are made to set right the situation. Industry is. rationality. hence. of thought of expression. Services of specialists in Behavioural Sciences (namely. pedagogists. These do influence the development of industrial relations. social mobility. Assistance is also taken from economists. They want freedom of speech. housing and transport problem in industrial areas. structural changes. etc. human relations expert and personnel managers) are used to deal with such related problems. throat-cuts. gradually it extends to the whole industry and sometimes affects the entire economy of the country. decided by broad social factors like the culture of the institutions. acceptance or resistance to change. The group-dynamics between the two conflicting groups in industrial relations tend to shape the behavioural pattern. In resolving . Human relations approach Human resources are made up of living human beings. of movement. its social consequences are also important such as urbanization. Therefore. protests and resistance to these pressures through protective mechanisms in the form of workers’ organization. are all. conflicts and tensions arise. Sociological approach Industry is a social world in miniature. psychologists. associations and trade unions. psychiatrists. institutions and behavioural pattern and new techniques of handling human resources.different to different parties. anthropologists. which provides general new relationships. etc. encroach on their expectations. workers’ attitudes. The management goals. In fact major problems in industrial relations arise out of a tension which is created because of the employer’s pressures and workers’ reactions. in turn. tec. situations and persons between the management groups and labour groups. a new industrial-cum-social pattern emerges. industrial engineers. perception of change in industry. stress and strain. When employers treat them as inanimate objects. clashes and may arise between the two parties. status-symbols. The reasons of strained industrial relations between the employers and the employees can be understood by studying differences in the perception of issues.
if they understand and apply the techniques of human relations approaches to industrial relations. Desirability of associations of workers and managements with the Government while formulating and implementing policies relating to general economic and social measures affecting industrial relations. To develop employees to adapt themselves for technological. To ensure better working conditions. independently and with responsibility. on their part. develop greater involvement in their work and achieve a measure of identification of their objectives with the objectives of the organization. Introducing a suitable system of employees education and training. understanding of human behavior – both individual and groups – is a prerequisite for the employers. would develop greater insight and effectiveness in their work. The workers are likely to attain greater job satisfaction. social and economic changes.conflicts. Recognition of collective bargaining. To make positive contributions for the economic development of the country. It has now been increasingly recognized that much can be gained by the managers and the worker. the manager. the union leaders and the government – more so for the management. Conflicts cannot be resolved unless the management must learn and know what the basic what the basic needs of men are and how they can be motivated to work effectively. living conditions and reasonable wages. Principle of Good Industrial Relations • • • The willingness and ability of management and trade unions to deal with the problems freely. Fair redressal of employee grievances by the management Providing satisfactory working conditions and payment of fair wage. Developing proper communication system between management and employees. • • • • • • • Role of state in industrial relations In recent years the State has played an important role in regulating industrial relations but the extent of its involvement in the process is determined by the level of social and economic development while the mode of intervention gets patterned in conformity with the political system obtaining in the country and the social and cultural traditions of its .
Managements must delegate authority to their employees commensurate with responsibility. Employees should be given ‘say’ in the affairs of the organization generally and wherever possible. a free market economy may leave the parties free to settle their relations through strikes and lockouts but in other systems varying degrees of State participation is required for building up sound industrial relations. A participative and permissive altitude on the part of management tends to give an employee a feeling that he is an important member of the organization – a feeling that encourages a spirit of cooperativeness and dedication to work. the management must treat employees with dignity and respect. In India. The State has enacted procedural as well as substantive laws to regulate industrial relations in the country. They must evolve well conceived and scientific wage and salary plan so that the employees may receive just compensation for their efforts. For a positive improvement in their relations with employees and maintaining sound human relations in the organization. in the decision-making process as well.people. • • • . • • Management must make a genuine efforts to provide congenial work environment. To this end. in a developing economy like ours. There must be a well-planned communication system in the organization to pass on information and to get feed back from the employees. They must make the employees feel that they are genuinely interested in their personal development. They must devise. Role of management in industrial relations The management have a significant role to play in maintaining smooth industrial relations. adequate opportunities for appropriate programmes of 18training and development should be provided. The degree of State intervention is also determined by the stage of economic develop. the role played by the State is an important feature in the field of industrial relations and State intervention in this area has assumed a more direct form. For example. work-stoppages to settle claims have more serious consequences than in a developed economy and similarly. develop and implement a proper incentive plan for personnel at all levels in the organization.
particularly when the institutions involved are public utility organizations. trade unions and workers. They must be able to understand and appreciate the problems of managements and must adopt a policy of ‘give and take’ while bargaining with the managements.these are some of the major issues of industrial relations system. Manageemnts must provide an enlightened leadership to the people in the organization. Industrial Relations System’s responsibility implies: (a) Inter-vertex Relationship (amongst management. The labour management synergy Planning for healthy Industrial Relations is one of the most delicate and complex problems of present day industrial society. including wages and working conditions. The Triangle of Industrial Relations System represents multi-pronged relationship between management. what difficulties arise between them. . • • An environment of mutual respect. (b) Inter-societal obligations. It is true that the unions have to protect and safeguard the interests of the workers through collective bargaining. goodwill and understanding on the part of both management and employees in the exercise of their rights and performance of their duties should prevail for maintaining good industrial relations Role of trade unions in maintaining industrial relations The trade unions have a crucial role to play in maintaining smooth industrial relations. Trade unions must understand that both management and workers depend on each other and any sort of problem on either side will do harm to both sides. are regulated and what organizations are set up for the protection of different interests. Besides public are also affected. But at the same time they have equal responsibility to see that the organization do not suffer on account of their direct actions such as strikes. representing diverse ‘points of flexion’ and ‘bases of industrial edifice’. trade unions and workers inter se) and. establish and utilize appropriate machineries for speedy redressal of employees grievances. even for trivial reasons. They must evolve. How people get on together at their work. confidence.• Managements must pay personal attention to the problems of their employees irrespective of the fact whether they arise out of job environment or they are of personal nature. how their relations.
search for an environment. which.Management relationship vis-à-vis trade unions is based on increasing realization that trade unionism has to come to stay as a necessary concomitant of the contemporary capitalist them. influenced by external and internal environment and focusing on: . creates an attitude of convalescence and the cause of unconsciousness. Trade union relationship vis-à-vis management is conditioned by accepting the fact that management presents an indissoluble partnership amongst interest. Management approach towards itself presupposes management as a social task. Trade Unions as organizations generally viewed themselves as an ‘end’ rather than as a ‘means’ centering on ‘cause’ and not on ‘man’. urge for greater degree of control over work situation. There is often a tendency in trade unionism to promote ‘mass movement’ instead of an ’organisation’. identification of the functions. which has to undertake responsibilities in a dynamic situation. and. meant primarily to manage and handle their economic. where he sees the purpose of his work and feels important in achieving it. industrial democracy. social and cultural problems. that trade unions movement is the expression of the workers’ collective determination to recover emotional security lost through Industrial revolution. The art and science of management is highly sophisticated with theories. the management task in the long-run is directed towards harmonizing this conflict inside and outside the enterprise. where worker can take roots and where he belongs to. In a changing situation like India. concepts and models of management. friendly society. power and responsibility in the societal context. and its membership is often based on ‘calamity features’ rather than on ‘positive factors’. in turn. Often aspirations of workers are at variance with those of leaders in the trade union movement. Trade Union relationship vis-à-vis workers implied that it should appreciate workers’ aspirations and expectations that trade union is essentially a protective. Trade union approach towards itself is based on the premise that trade unionism is a management system. Since life is based on conflict. and. ideological postures are of limited relevance in the realm of trade unionism. Management relationship vis-à-vis workers revolves round the themes like attitude towards work.
economic efficiency resulting in social justice.TRADE UNION WORKERS • • • • • • • The primary purpose Organisation Adjustment and adaptation Attitudes Representation Economic responsibility Discipline There is an imperative need of strengthening the democracy and freedom within the trade unions. changing attitudes towards work and leisure. the ever-increasing generational gap in attitudes towards money. emphasis on quality of life. education’s impact on peoples’ self-image. Management and trade unions both have to be aware of the changing value system. and search of identity. The ideology based on rationality. public’s lower frustration tolerance. self-esteem and self-realization. and. . encourage workers’ participation in the process of decision-making and developing new perspectives in the personnel problems of the trade unionism. greater stress on pluralism and individualism. moral absolutes leading to situational ethics. the needs of a ‘new breed’ of employee. rejection of authoritarianism and dogmatism. are the new bases and postulates for shaping the future industrial relations system in the Indian context.
the large corporation is likely to be over-shadowed by the hospital. interact and work for development and realization of the individual’s potential as human being. An objective follow-up pattern for industrial relations system. employees would consider themselves to be partners in management and expect their talents to be utilized to the fullest. The maintenance of an efficient system of communication. Respect for public opinion and democratic values . For achieving the objectives of improved management – trade union the following line fo action is suggested: • • • • • • • A realistic attitude of managers towards employees and vice versa for humanizing industrial relations. they would need to balance humanistic values with the flow of advancing science and technology. the ‘responsible corporation’ has to develop as a social institution. Since Industrial Relations is a function of three variables – management. Granting the freedom to act within these boundaries. a workable approach towards planning for healthy labour-management relations can be developed by: • • • Defining the acceptable boundaries of employer/ employee action.Planning Industrial Relations: Tasks Ahead In future organization systems. young graduates will resist authority and would challenge prevailing management prerogatives. trade unions and workers. Tomorrow’s management control centers. With increased selfesteem and self-image. Institutionalism of industrial relations and effective forums for interaction between management and trade unions at plant. and Monitoring the resulting developments. Following the concept of ‘corporate citizenship’. advanced OR models will aid future managers in the use of resources. university. research institutes. where people share success and failure. create ideas. A comprehensive system of rules and discipline. industry and national levels. government offices and professional organizations that are the hallmarks of a service economy’. “In future. According to Victor Fuchs. Proper organization climate and extension of area of Industrial Relations.
it is the approach of the management and union which matters and unless both are enlightened. 5.• An integrated industrial relations policy incorporating rational wage policy. Suggest suitable strategies for maintaining cordial industrial relations. realize that both are partners in an enterprise working for the success of the organization for their mutual benefit and interest. both management and workers should not look upon themselves as two separate and distinct segments of an organization. trade union and democratic rights. industrial harmony is not possible. Discuss different approaches to industrial relations. In all fairness. Employer and the Trade Union in maintaining sooth industrial relations. sanctity of ballot. . and liberty as its atmosphere. labour laws may lay down. Whatever. justice as its rule. 2. 3. love as its driving force. collective bargaining and tripartite negotiations. What are the principles of good industrial relations? 4. In fact both managements and workers need a change in their philosophy and attitudes towards each other. It is becoming increasingly obvious that industrial peace amongst all participants in the industrial relations systems requires truth as foundation. Bring out the significance of industrial relations. REVIEW QUESTIONS: 1. Explain the role of the Government. but on the contrary.
Lesson 2 Labour and the Constitution Constitutional Framework The Constitution of India has guaranteed some Fundamental Rights to the citizens and has also laid down certain Directive Principles of State Policy for the achievement of a social order based on Justice. Equality and Fraternity. such law shall prevail in the State. has received his assent. in case of any repugnancy between the Union and the State legislation. they are the sub-stratum of industrial jurisprudence. make effective provision for securing the right to work. there is one exception embodied under clause(II) of Art. Article 41 lays down that the State shall. as laid down in clause(I). The Constitution amply provides for the upliftment of labour by guaranteeing certain fundamental rights to all. In fact. where. reserved for the consideration of the President. Normally. Article 39 accentuates the basic philosophy of idealistic socialism which is enshrined in the Preamble of the Constitution and provides a motivation force to the Directive Principles by laying down that the State shall direct its policy towards equal pay for both men and women. The Directive Principles. 42 and 43 have a special relevance in the field of industrial legislation and adjudication. To this. Labour is in the Concurrent List on which both the Centre as well as the States have the power to make laws. and provisions of that law repugnant to the provision of an earlier law made by the Parliament or any existing law with respect to that matter have priority over the Central legislation. and it shall be the duty of the State to apply those principles in making laws from time to time. 354. the legislation of the Union shall prevail. Article 14 lays down that the State shall not deny to any person equality before the law or the equal protection of laws. within the limits of its economic capacity and development. are nevertheless fundamental in the governance of the country. reserved for the consideration enumerated in the Concurrent List. 41. a law enacted by a State with respect to the matter enumerated in the Concurrent List. There shall be equality of opportunity to all citizens in matters relating to employment or appointment or appointment to any office under the State. though not enforceable by any court. Traffic in human beings and forced labour and the employment of children in factories or mines or other hazardous work in prohibited. Liberty. Article 254 has been enacted to clarify the position. People have the right to form associations or unions. to education and to . Articles 39.
(2) maternity benefit. oil fields. disablement. sickness and disablement. 1972 is to provide a scheme for the payment of gratuity to employees employed in factories. The administration of the scheme is entrusted to an autonomous corporation called the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation. • • • Article 42 enjoins the State government to make provision for securing just and humane conditions of work and for maternity relief. are also social security measures to help fulfill the objectives of Directive Principles of our Constitution. The object of the Payment of Gratuity Act. plantations. is a pioneering piece of legislation in the field of social insurance. the Employees’ Family Pension Scheme and the Employees’ Deposit-linked Insurance Scheme. 39. viz. shops and establishments. (3) disablement benefit. All employees who have rendered a minimum of years’ continuous service in the above mentioned establishments are entitled to gratuity at the time of superannuation. railways. (5) funeral benefit. Social security is guaranteed in our Constitution under Arts. This scheme has provided protection to employees and their dependants in case of old age. The benefits provided to the employees under the scheme are: (1) sickness benefit and extended sickness benefit. is in charge of three important schemes. and in other cases of undeserved want. and (6) medical benefit. The Employees’ Provident Funds and Miscellaneous Provisions Act.. employers are required to pay gratuity at the rate of 15 days’ wages for every completed year of service subject to a maximum of 20 months’ wages. old age. 1952 and the Maternity Benefit Act. All the benefits are provided in cash except the medial which is in kind. the Employees’ Provident Funds Scheme.. . A scheme of Family Pension-cum-Life Assurance was introduced with a view t providing ling-term recurring financial benefit to the families in the event of the members’ premature death while in service. 41 and 43. retirement. Under the Act. They enable a female employee to get maternity leave with full wages at least for 6 weeks before and 6 weeks after confinement. The Employees’ State Insurance Act. early death of the bread-winner and in some other contingencies. resignation. The Maternity Benefit Scheme is primarily designed to provide full wages and security of employment. The Employees’ Provident Fund Organization. disablement. • The Provident Fund Scheme aimed at providing substantial security and timely monetary assistance to industrial employees and their families. (4) dependants’ benefit. 1961. ports. death or if they leave their job due to accident. mines. 1948.public assistance in cases of unemployment.
welfare. Article 43A makes it obligatory on the State to take steps by suitable legislation or otherwise to secure the participation of workers in the management of undertakings and industrial establishments. hours of work for adults and children. According to the Supreme Court. The minimum wage in any event must be paid irrespective of the capacity of the industry to pay.Substantial steps have been taken to fulfill the object of Art. a piece of social legislation. Labour welfare funds have been set up to provide welfare facilities to the workers employed in different mines such a coal. According to Justice Holmes. or otherwise. The Factories Act. . the Minimum Wages Act. leave with wages etc.42 of the Constitution. industrial.48). To ensure this. employment of young persons and women. Article 43 makes it obligatory for the State to secure by suitable legislation or economic organization or in any other manner to all workers. As observed by the National Commission on Labour in its report. provides for the abolition of contract labour wherever possible and to regulate the conditions of contract labour in establishments or employments where the abolition of contract labour system is not considered feasible for the time being. Social Justice In industrial adjudication. social justice is “an inarticulate major premise which is personal and individual to every court and every judge”. 1948. agricultural. the country is committed morally and ethically to see that the governance of the country is carried on with a view to implementing these Directive Principles in course of time” (Chapter VI. The Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Act of 1970. Living wage is the higher level of wage and of the industry to pay and naturally. condition of work ensuring a decent standard of life and full enjoyment of leisure and social and cultural opportunities. the concept of social justice has been given wide acceptance. area to area and from employments to employment. safety. iron ore and limestone. p. “in accepting the Directive Principles. These rates vary from State. was enacted. it would include all amenities which a citizen living in a modern civilized society is entitled to.. 1948. Different views have been expressed by different authorities about the exact meaning and scope of this concept. mica. The Act provides for licensing of contractors and registration of establishments by the employers employing contract labour. It provides for the fixation of minimum rates of wages by the Central or State governments within a specified period for workers employed in certain scheduled employments. holidays. it was a vague and indeterminate expression and that no definition could be laid down which would cover all situations. It is a mean between the living wage and the minimum wage. Fair wage is something above the minimum wage which may roughly be said to approximate to the need-based minimum wage. work. a living wage. provides for health.
2. which. economic and social life of the people.In a democratic society. The philosophy of social justice has now become an integral part of industrial jurisprudence. State the relevant provisions of Indian Constitution for labour welfare. It has been given a place of pride in our Constitution. In a welfare State it is necessary to apply the general principles of social and economics justice to remove the imbalances in the political. as conceived by modern jurists. . Review Questions 1. State the relevant legal enactments relating to labour. The concept of social justice is a very important variable in the function of industrial relations. administration of justice is based on the Rule of Law. is dynamic and includes within its imports social justice. The philosophy of social justice has now become an integral part of industrial jurisprudence.
UNIT – II 3. Trade Unionism .
Their old habits and traditions do not suffice to guide them in their daily work-behaviour and in consequence they may be disorganized and frustrated. Of all the definitions of a trade union. “The emergence of trade unionism lies in the Industrial Revolution which disrupted the older way of life and created a new society forged by the shop. The term ‘Organized Labour’ is used to distinguish workers/ employees who are members of trade unions or employee association from those who are unorganized. the factory. They have to be provided with new types of economic security – wages / salaries. i. benefits and services etc. Thus the growth of modern industrial organizations involving the employment of a large number of workers / employees in new type of working conditions and environment makes them helpless in bargaining individually for their terms of employment. the mine and the industry. who are not members of any union. . Meaning of Movement Trade Union. According to them a trade union is “a continuous association of wage-earners for the purpose of maintaining or improving the condition of their working lives”. employees’ associations or trade unions seem to have emerged as ‘protest movements’ reaching against the working relationships and condition created by industrialization. a trade union with some modification may be redefined as “a continuous association of wage-earners or salaried employees for maintaining the conditions of their working lives and ensuring them a better and healthier status in industry as well as in the society”.LESSON 3 Trade Unionism Trade unionism is a worldwide movement and the highly strategic position occupied by trade unions in modern industrial society has been widely recognized. When industrialization begins. Since this definition does not cover all the extensions of trade union activities in modern times. As observed by Frank Tannenbaum. organization members have to be generally recruited from the ranks of former agricultural labour and artisans who have to adapt themselves to the changed conditions of industrial employment. Organized Labour and Labour The term ‘Trade Union’ has been defined in various ways because of wide differences in the use of this term in different countries. the classic definition of the Webbs has been most popular.e. In most cases. Often they may have to learn to live together in newly developing industrial townships and cities and also to adopt themselves to new working conditions and new pattern of work-rules imposing discipline and setting pace of work to which they are unfamiliar.
The labour movement thus conveys a higher degree of consciousness amongst workers than conveyed by mere trade union movement. The credit of laying the foundation of the organized labour movement in India is at time accorded to Mr. According to G. a community of outlook. labour movement is conceived as “all of the organized activity of wage-earners to better their own condition s either immediately or in the more or less distant future”. efforts were made mainly by the social reformers to improve the working and living conditions of labour. According to Encyclopedia of Social Sciences. code. as early as in 1975. A trade union is thus an essential basis of labour movement. The Trade Union Movement in India The trade union movement’s origin in a sense can be traced back to very early date to the time when villages had panchayats and guilds for settling disputes between the masters and their members. Thus the labour movement in a country emerges from a common need to serve a common interest. Often the two are used interchangeably. N. However. An agitation was organized by him a . Trade unions are the principal institutions in which the employees learn the lesson of selfreliance and solidarity. The labour movement without trade unions cannot exist. This distinction needs to be noticed all the more because till the workers organized themselves into trade unions. a movement was started by reformers under the leadership of Sorabji Shapurju. The ‘labour movement’ is ‘for the worker’. whereas the ‘trade union movement’ is ‘by the workers’. They protested against the appealing conditions of the factory workers and appealed for introduction of adequate legislation to prevent them. “Labour movement implies. Trade unions. safeguarding of their common interest and betterment of their economic and social conditions.D. These efforts should be taken as forming a part of the labour movement and not that of the trade union movement. a factory worker himself. The panchayats prescribed the code of conduct which was rigidly observed by its members. as understood today. class-consciousness and solidarity of interest and generates a consciousness for self-respect and creates organizations for their self protection. It seeks to develop amongst employees a spirit of combination. In Mumbai. however originated in the first quarter of the present century.H.The term ‘Labour Movement’ is generally applied to all the various types of long-term association of workers / employees that the formed in industrialized or industrializing economies. although the groundwork was laid during the last quarter of the 19th century.M. Difference Movement between Labour Movement and Trade Union There is lot of confusion on the use of the terms ‘labour movement’ and ‘trade union movement’. Its non-observance resulted in expulsion from the community. Lokhande. there is a slight distinction between the two. in some degree.
M. 2. In 1948. These are: 1. the establishment of the ILO (International Labour Organisation) and the All-India Trade Union Congress. Actually a real organized labour movement in India started at eh end of the First World War. . The labour world in India is dominated mainly by four central organization of labour. Thie4 speeded up the pace of the trade union movement. To this was added the influence of the Russian Revolution.19884 in Mumbai. This resulted in certain amenities being extended to the mill workers which led to the organization of the Mumbai Milhands Association. short-lived and soon it came under the domination of the Communists and Radicals. the Indian National Trade Union Congress was organized by the Congress party on its labour front. federations of affiliated union – units which function on regional. This lienated any prominent people who did not subscribe to the views and ideology of the communists.L. it is the second largest union of workers and is still controlled by Communists and fellow-travellers. All-India Trade Union Congress (AITUC): An important event in the history of trade union movement in India was the organization of the All-India Trade Union Congress in 1920. One of the important points of the constitution of Indian National Trade Union Congress is that every affiliated union has to agree to submit to arbitration every individual dispute in which settlement is not reached thorough negotiations. The effort toward unified action in the matter of labour was. in fact. Following the Second World War. The INTUC received the blessings of the top congress leaders at the Centre like Mr. It followed the pattern of the trade union s in the United Kingdom. The workers once again became restive. led to a new awakening. however. local and craft bases. There must be no strikes till other means of settlement are exhausted.O. These unions are. despite the employers making huge profits. Mr. Rising prices. There were a number of strikes during 1919 to 1922. Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC): In May. and not AITUC. Nehru took a prominent part in the organization of this Congress. the Government of India declared that INTUC. without a corresponding increase in wages. At present. Roy. This was formed with the help of the Hindustan Mazdoor Sewak Sangh which consisted of those who believed in Gandhian methods and had left the AITUC in 1937 under of leadership of Mr. The prominent leaders of ATLA and HMSS were elected office-bearers of INTUC. was the most representative organization of labour in the country entitled to represent Indian labour in I. Nehru and Sardar Patel. there was a spiraling of prices.N. Many trade unions were formed throughout India. This further indirectly strengthened the movement in India.
Subsequently when they left the Congress. The employees may join the unions to ensure a just and fair dealing by management. feels specially weak. • • • • • • . ideas. 1948 proceeded to establish yet another federation of trade unions in April-May 1949 under the name of United Trade Union Congress. illness. 4. as an individual. they restrain the management from taking any such action which may be irrational.3. For sometime the activities of socialist leaders were coordinated by the Hind Mazdoor Panchayat. Hind Mazdoor Sangha (HMS) : The socialists in the Congress disapproved not only the Communist run AITUC but also the Congress-sponsored INTUC. particularly because it advocated compulsory arbitration as a method of resolving industrial disputes. Another reason of employees joining some union may be the broader realization on their part that unions fulfill the important need for adequate machinery for proper maintenance of labour-management relations. Through collective strength. unemployment etc. discriminatory or contrary to their general interests. illogical. Employees may join the unions because of their belief that it is an effective way to secure adequate protection form various types of hazards and income insecurity such as accident injury. United Trade Union Congress (UTUC): The dissidents from the Socialist Leaders’ Congerence held at Kolkatta in December. Since the employee. The UTUS is more radical than HMS but less revolutionary in its objectives and policies than AITUC. feelings and frustrations to the management effectively. Need for Trade Union • One of the main reasons of workers joining a trade union been their belief to get wages increased and maintained at a reasonable standard through collective action and their realization that individual bargaining was utterly useless for this purpose. Government and political parties. they met in Kolkatta in December. he prefers to join an organization that my afford him an opportunity to join others for the achievement of those objectives that he considers as socially desirable. The employees may join the unions because of their feeling that this would enable them to communicate their views. 1948 and a new federation by the Hind Mazdoor domination by employers.
3. To impress upon works the need to exercise restraint in the use of rights and to enforce them after realistically ascertaining their practical implications. To stress the significance of settling disputes through negotiation. cooperative. 6. and Functions relating to the society. by union leaders and by political parties. safe and conducive working conditions. To make the workers conscious of their rights and duties. 10. Functions of Trade Unions • • • • Functions relating to members Functions relating to organization Functions relating to the union. and to foster labour-management cooperation. recreational. To encourage worker’s participation in the management of industrial organization and trade union. 4. To safeguard workers against all sorts of exploitation by the employers. 7. To guarantee a fair and square deal and social security measures. To ensure a desirable standard to living by providing various types of social service – health. 2. and by widening and consolidating the social security measures.• Individuals may join the unions in the hope of finding a job through their influence in the company management. To exert pressure for enhancement of rewards associated with the work only after making a realistic assessment of its practical implications. . etc. To remove the dissatisfaction and redress the grievances and complaints of workers. 5. Functions relating to trade union members 1. To protect workers from the atrocities and unfair practices of the management. To ensure healthy. 11. joint consultation and voluntary arbitration. 9. educational. and adequate conditions of work. 8. housing.
approach towards workers’ faults. and to keep away from various types of unfair labour practices. To create opportunities for worker’s participation in management and to strengthen labour-management cooperation. To exert pressure on the employer to enforce legislative provision beneficial to the workers. 2. 3. To impress upon the management the need to adopt reformative and not punitive. To help in the removal of dissatisfaction and redressal of grievances and complaints. 7. To preserve and strengthen trade union democracy. To help in the maintenance of discipline. 2. 4. 3. To increase production quantitatively and qualitatively. joint consultation and voluntary arbitration. 9. . To train members to assume leadership position. Functions relating to industrial organization 1. 6. The raise the status of trade union members in the industrial organization and in the society at large. by realizing the union dues and by organizing special fund-raising campaigns. to share the profits equitably. by laying down the norms or production and ensuring their adequate observance. 10. 4. 5. and by avoiding litigation. To improve financial position by fixing higher subscription. 8.12. To formulate policies and plans consistent with those of the industrial organization and society at large. To create favourable opinion of the management towards trade unions and improve their status in industrial organization. To promote cordial and amicable relations between the workers and management by settling disputes through negotiation. To facilitate communication with the management. To highlight industrial organization as a joint enterprise between workers and management and to promote identity of interests. Functions relating to trade unions organization 1.
5. 14. untouchability. Functions relating to society 1. To manage the trade union organization on scientific lines. communalism. 10. black marketing. to know people’s reaction towards them. .g. linguism. To improve the network of communication between trade union and its members. 3. To eradicate casteism. 13. To launch special campaigns against the social evils of corporation. nepotism. To resolve the problem of factionalism and promote unity and solidarity within the union. afforestation. 7. 12. dowry. national integration. dirt and disease. 4. To create public opinion favourable to government’s policies and plans.5. and to change them accordingly. To curb inter-union rivalry and thereby help in the creating of unified trade union movement. 8. To keep away from unfair labour practices. regionalism. family planning. e. and to mobilize people’s participation for their effective implementation. 6. 11. To publicise the trade union objectives and functions. 9. illiteracy. regionalism and linguism within the trade union movement. and to make necessary modifications.. smuggling. To actively participate in the development of programmes of national development. casteism. price rise. etc. To continuously review the relevance of union objectives in the context of social change. To create public opinion favourable to trade unions and thereby to raise their status. inequality. hoarding. sex. To prepare and maintain the necessary records. To save the union organization from the exploitation by vested interests –personal and political. 2. To render all sorts of constructive cooperation in the formulation and implementation of plans and policies relating to national development.
moderates’ and radicals’.6. The existence of different conflicting or rival organisatoins. weakens the power of collective bargaining. Politicalisation of the Unions 6. This develops small unions. Trade rivalry is acute and pervades the entire industrial scene in India. on the Indian Railways. with a view to increasing their political influence”. is greatly responsible for inadequate and unhealthy growth of the movement. after realistically ascertaining its practical implications. which ultimately cuts at the very root of unionism. Multiplicity of Trade Unions and Inter-union Rivalry 2. Inter-union rivalry Another vexing problem is that of intra-union rivalry. there exists parallel and competing unions. ‘new-comers’. and reduces the effectiveness of workers in securing their legitimate rights. there are two parallel Federations – the Indian Railway Men’s Federation and Indian National Federation of Railway-men. there should be “One union in one Industry”. Within a single organisation one comes across a number of groups comprising or ‘insiders and outsiders’. on the government to enact legislation conducive to the development of trade unions and their members. with divergent political views. and ‘high’ and low caste’ people.g. Practically every important industry. Small Size of Unions 3. “Multiple unions are mainly the result of political outsiders wanting to establish unions of their own. To exert pressure. Therefore. and ‘old-timers’. Problems of Trade Union The following are some of the most important problems of the trade unions in India: 1. Problems of Recognition of Trade Unions Multiplicity of trade unions Multiple rival unionism is one of the great weaknesses of the Indian trade union movement. e. Multiplicity of unions lead to inter-union rivalries. Inter-union and intra-union rivalry undermines the strength and solidarity of the workers in many ways. Leadership Issues 5. Small Size of unions . Financial Weakness 4.
The structure of the trade union organization in the country – which is in most cases the factory or the unit of employment. Lack of ability among the leaders and members.The small size of unions is due to various factors. Rivalry among the leaders and the Central Organisation has resulted in multiplicity of unions. Financial weakness The financial weakness of the union may be attributed to the small size of union and poor ability of its members to contribute. There are several reasons for this phenomenon. i. and get it registered and a large number of small unions have grown. so whenever employees in a particular factory or mine are organized. . This process is still continuing and has pulled down the average membership.e. The other reasons are low subscriptions and irregular payments of subscriptions by the members. Unionism in India started with the big employers and gradually spread to smaller employers. Rivalry between the unions Lack of unity among workers. namely. leadership of trade unions by persons who are professional politicians and lawyers and who have no history of physical work in the industry. • • The small size of unions create problems such as: • • • • • Lack of funds to help its members. • The rank and the file are largely illiterate as such they cannot effectively communicate with the management. a new union is formed. Though the number of unions and union membership are increasing average membership is declining. namely: • • The fact that by seven workers may form a union under the Trade Union Act of 1926. Low bargaining power. Leadership issues Another disquieting feature of the trade unions is the ‘outside’ leadership.
• • • These political leaders are inevitably concerned with “maximizing their individual standing as political leaders rather than with. and For lack of financial resources to appoint whole time office-bearers. they fail to pay adequate attention to any one union. much less than the number legally permitted. therefore cannot put forth the case of the union effectively. in bigger unions. It felt that. For avoiding victimisation of worker-office-bearers of the trade unions. The commission’s own estimate was that outsiders in the unions executive bodies would be about 10%. which cause low membership leading to unsound finances and in turn. Intensification of worker’s education. who can play the role of the defender of the workers against the management. 87) concerning “freedom of association” and protection of the right to organize. leads to multiplicity of unions. usually a politician. Again. Over and again it has been realized that “a reorientation of policy is desirable by a switchover to working class leadership”. and the workers’ organisation shall have the right to elect their representative in full freedom. which in turn. Further.• The union’s lack of formal power tends to put a premium on the dharismatic type of the leader. leading to intra-union rivalry. It makes the following recommendations to deal with the problem of outside leadership: • • Ex-employees of an industrial enterprise should not be treated as outsiders. lack of welfare and other constructive activities which may infuse strength into unions and to conduct collective bargaining effectively the unions depend on outside leadership. often these union leaders are not adequately aware of the actual needs and pressing problems of the members. “there should be no ban on non-employees holding positions in the executive body of the unions as that would be a very drastic step”. Outside leadership of the unions leads to political unionism (each union having an allegiance to a different political party). maximizing the welfare of their members”. direct contact with the rank and file membership and the top leaders is missing because of their hold on a number of trade unions in varied fields. and the vicious circle thus goes on and on. For ensuring a measure of ‘equation of power’ in collective bargaining where the workers are generally uneducated and have a low status. The National Commmission on Labour gave a good deal of though to the issue whether outside leadership shoul be retained. . They. The Commission also refers to the ILO convention (No.
have affected adversely the trade union movement. with the result that “instead of becoming a unity and mighty torrential river. .. there develops factional split in the same trade union professing the same political ideology. In a recent study. the movement is sub-divided into numerous rivulets”. Dr. Raman’s observations are: “Trade union multiplicity in India is directly traceable to the domination and control of the trade union movement by rival political parties…. formed to safeguard and promote the social and economic interests of workers. Intensification of efforts by trade union organizers to train workers in union organisation. It has become fragmented and disjointed. Harold Crouch has observed. With the split in the political ideology. the most distressing feature is its political character. “Even to the most casual observer of the Indian trade union scene. Hence. Pandey had reached the conclusion: “The unions are closely aligned with political parties. have tended to become tools of party politics”. thus made. This will enable them to participate in the decision-making and managing the union affairs effectively.• • • • Penalties for victimization and similar unfair labour practices such as would discourage the growth of internal leadership. i. The clay of unionism is possibly an effervescent industrial labourers. Establishing a convention that no union office-bearer will concurrently hold an office in a political party. It should be noted that decisions in the trade union fields are taken by the respective political parties to which the unions are attached and. Limiting the proportion of outsiders in the union execute. it must be clear that much of the behaviour of Indian unions.e. The divisions and sub-divisions. leadership should be promoted from within the rank and file and given a more responsible role. therefore. with the changing political situation. Politicalisation of the unions On of the biggest problems of the country’s trade union movement faces is the influence of the political parties. Dr. but the sculptors chiseling it into shape have certainly been members of political parties. and political leaders continue to dominate the unions even now… The supreme consequence of political involvement of unions in India in general. Each section pulls itself in different directions. the decisions also change. Initiative should come from the workers themselves through the launching of a vigorous programme for Workers’ Education. whether it be militant or passive behaviour can be explained in political terms.
and generally to promote individual and collective welfare”. Problems of recognition of trade unions This is one of the basic issues in our industrial relation system because employers are under no obligation to give recognition to any union.L. In the initial stages. has stated that the “unions must pay greater attention to the basic needs of its members which are: • • • • • • • • • to secure for workers fair wages. discipline. to promote identity of interests of the workers with their industry. to enlarge opportunities for promotion and training. Raman ahs very aptly conclude that: “The use of political methods by trade unions may be to their advantage. The employers many a times have refused recognition to trade unions either on the basis that unions consist of only a minority of employees. to improve working and living conditions. to offer responsible cooperation in improving levels of production and productivity. Enlargement of functions The N. . Recommendations of National Strengthening Trade Unions Commission on Labour for The National Commission on Labour has made a large number of recommendations on different aspects of trade unions.Dr. cultural and recreational facilities. the attitudes of the employers towards the trade unions have been very hostile. as given below. to provide for educational. but the union cause is endangered when unions allow themselves to become pawns in political fights.C. to safeguard security of tenure and improved conditions of service. or that two or more unions existed. and high standard of quality. worker-led trade union movement to take root”. Political unionism has prevented the development of a movement or organisation that could be termed the workers’ own and turned the soil upside down to such a degree that it has become impossible for a genuine labour-inspired. labour-oriented. to cooperate in and facilitate technological advance by broadening the understanding of workers on its underlying issues.
Verification of membership . “unions should also undertake social responsibilities such as • • • promotion of national integration.C. and (v) ex-employees should not be treated as outsiders”. The main objective should be to draw unions as closely as possible into the entire development process. Leadership Regarding leadership the N. Registration The Commission has recommended that registration should be cancelled if: (a) its membership fell below the minimum prescribed for registration. (c) it submitted defective returns and defects were not rectified within the prescribed time. Intra-union rivalries should be left to the central organisation concerned to settle and if it is unable to resolve the dispute the Labour Court should be set up at the request of either group or on a motion by the government. Improvement of financial condition To improve the financial conditions of the unions. and instilling in their members a sense of responsibility towards industry and community”. building up of internal leadership. (b) the union failed to submit its annual. Union rivalries In regard to union rivalries. has recommended that “(i) There should be not ban on non-employees holding the position in the executive of the unions. shift to collective bargaining and institution of an independent authority for union recognition would reduce them.L.In addition. influencing the socio-economic policies of the community through active participation in the formulations of these policies. and (d) an application for re-registration should not be entertained within six months of the date of cancellation of registration. (ii) steps should taken in to promote international leadership and give it more responsible role (iii) internal leadership should be kept outside the pale of victimization. (iv) permissible limit of outsiders in the executive of the unions should be reduced to 25%. the Commission was of the opinion that its recommendation regarding recognition of unions. the Commission recommended for the increase of membership fees.
if recognition is sought for an industry in a local area”. and the particular method it employees. With industrial development. for the latter were composed of master craftsmen who owned capital and often employer several workers. as. Not all countries have produced the entire gamut of organisation referred to above. workers’ mutual insurance organisatoins. were almost selfsufficient. and workers’ education and sports association.C. Progressing from trade to trade within the same city or area.The Industrial Relations Commission should decide the representative character of a union. because they carried on their main activities on a purely local level. however. “it would be desirable to make recognition compulsory under a Central Law in all undertakings employing 100 or more workers or where the capital invested in above a stipulated size. Recognition of the unions The N. the clubs formed local associations which. Trade Unionism in the International Context To be understood in the international context. in some countries the term “labour movement” is virtually synonymous with “trade unionism”. Origins and background of the trade union movement Early forms of labour organisatoins Union oriented. That movement consists of several more or less intimately relative related organization such as labour parties. A trade union seeking recognition as a bargaining agent from an individual employer should have a membership of at least 30 per cent of workers in that establishment. The early unions were formed a partly as social clubs but soon became increasingly concerned with improving wages and working conditions. All have the common objective of improving the material. What distinguishes one organisation from another is the particular aspects of that broad objective it is endeavouring to pursue. has been of the opinion that.A in the late 18 th and early 19th centuries. local associations sooner or later . cultural. primarily by the device of collective bargaining. The relationship among the various parts of the labour movement varies from country to country and from period to period. producers’ or consumers’ cooperatives. The minimum membership should be 25 per cent. and social status of their members. trade unionism must be examined as part of a wider concept-the labour movement as a whole.L. mainly in Great Britain the U.S. either by examination of membership records or if it consider necessary by holding an election by secret ballot open to all employees. There is no connection between trade unions and medieval craft guilds. associations of workers using the same skill.
In 1919 it was revived at Amsterdam. semiskilled workers – developed. General unions included skilled workers and labourers of all grades from different industries. Such a system offered few avenues for individual or collective advancement. even though they usually started from a base in one particular industry. But changing technologies. income and property. But as mass production industries – which required large numbers of rapidly trained. In 1901. but immediately came into collision with the Red International of Labour Unions. and ideological factors led to the development of various kinds of unions that would not fit easily into any of the above categories. Obstacles to union organisation In most Western countries. union mergers. Factors favouring unionism The unions of the early 19th century were almost exclusively based upon a particular craft. rather than individual unions. sometimes including even the general office or white-collar workers. These in turn formed national union federations. International Trade Union Organisation The large trade union movements of various countries for may years have maintained loose alliances by joining international organisations of labour. Discrimination in political franchise (restriction on or outright denials of the vote) and a lack of educational opportunities. It proved to be ineffective and disappeared during World War I. chiefly under the guidance of German unions. and the whole spirit of a society founded upon acknowledged class distinction were the main sources of the social protest at the root of modern labour movements. World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) . Unions that recruited members from such groups – whose ranks were expanding rapidly as a result of new technologies – emerged either as industrial unions or as general unions. anti-union legislation. Industrial unions attempted to organize all works employed in producing a given product or service.followed the expansion of production beyond the local market and developed into national unions of the same trade. usually hold membership. social status. a rend toward large-scale union organisation grew. federations of unions. The Communist organisation had a brief period of expansion but soon dwindled away and had disappeared before 1939. established by the new government of the Soviet Union. labour movements arose out of the protest of workers and intellectuals against social and political systems based upon discrimination according to ancestry. and toward the end of the 19th century Great Britain was including unskilled workers. the International Federation of Trade Unions was established.
the WCL differs little in policy from the ICFTU above. In a move towards decentralization. World Confederation of Labour (WCL) Founded in 1920 as the International Federation of Christian Trade Unions. international trade federations. Today. Most of the national trade union centers in Africa and Latin America moved to the ICFTU after 1989. In January 1949. The biggest group is the Confederation of Christian Trade Unions (CSC) of Belgium (1. and the French Confederation Generale du Travail has proposed withdrawal to its members. Vietnam). its policy was based on the papal encyclicals Return novarum (1891) and Quadragesimo anno (1931). after the collapse of the European Communist regimes. A membership of 11 million in about 90 countries is claimed. and in 1968 it became the WCL and dropped its openly confessional approach. Buddhist and Moslem member confederations. most WFTU delegates come from the developing countries (Cuba. as well as a mainly Roman Catholic membership. is composed of the members of the Confederal Board (at least 22 members. In its concern to defend trade union freedoms and assist trade union development. representing trade union organisatoins in more than 50 Communist and Non-Communist countries. 1994 Congress in Damascus. Organisation The WCL is organized on a federative basis which leaves wide discretion to its autonomous constituent unions. Its governing body is the Congress. The General Council which meets at least once a year.Origin The WFTU was founded in 1945 on a worldwide basis.4 million members were in Italy and Germany. elected by the Congress) and representatives of national confederations. The Congress appoints (or re-appoints) the Secretary-General at each 4-yearly meeting. From he outset. Dakar (Senegal). unions broke their links with the Communist parties and most were later accepted into the ICFTU. British. it has Protestant.2 million). India. membership became uncertain. Reconstituted in 1945 and declining to merge with the WFTU or ICFTU. Havana (Cuba). where affiliated unions were suppressed by the Fascist and Nazi regimes. At the Nov. the American Federation of Labour declined to participate. by June 1951 all NonCommunist trade unions and the Yogoslav Federation had withdrawn. with the WFTU under Communist control. South Korea. regional offices have been set up in New Delhi (India). Damascus (Syria) and Moscow (Russia). USA and Netherlands trade union organisatoins withdrew and went on to found the ICFTU. which meets every 4 years. and trade union . By the 1990s. it went our of existence in 1940 as a large proportion of its 3.
provides for cooperation with the UN and the ILO. workers across 196 affiliated organizations in 136 countries. The constitution. On the international scene. and regional organizations in America (Caracas). at its founding congress in 1949. trade union cooperation projects and also the administration of the International Solidarity Fund. the International Federation of Christian Trade Unions (IFCTU). the WCL has been a comparatively ineffective organisation. Italy and Latin America.organisatoins where there is not confederation affiliated to the WCL. with legally binding minimum labour standards. A much smaller international organisation. The ICFTU represents some 124m. to reduce the gap between rich and poor. The ICFTU has its headquarters at Belgium. violation of trade union and other human rights. especially in developing countries. 5 seats are reserved for women nominated by the Women’s Committee. and to defend fundamental human and trade union rights. Organisation The Congress meets every 4 years. now called the WCL (World Confederation of Labour). It elects the executive Board of 50 members nominated on an area basis for a 4-years period. Africa (Banjul. In 1996. in accordance with the decisions and directive of the Council and Congress. The ICFT. Asia (Singapore) and Africa (Nairobi) . Gambia) and Asia (Manila) and a liaison centre in Montreal. There are joint ICFTU-International Trade Secretariat Committees for coordinating activities. as amended. branch offices in Geneva and New York. Its influence limited to a few countries in Europe and Latin America. but the invitation was rejected. The Confederal Board is responsible for the general leadership of the WCL. is made up largely of Catholic labour unions in France. There are regional organisation in Latin America (Caracas). and for regional organisation to promote free trade unionism. and the Board meets at least once a year. Its headquarters is at Belgium. it campaigned for the adoption by the WTO of a social clause. International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) Origin The founding congress o f the ICFTU was held in London in December 1949 following the withdrawal of some Western trade unions from the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU). which had come under Communist Control. invited the affiliates of the IFCTU to join. Aims The ICFTU aims to promote the interests of the working people and to secure recognition of worker’s organisation as free bargaining agents. Various Committees cover economic and social policy.
It also furnished direct financial assistance to workers in Hungary and Tibet and campaigned against racialist policies in South Africa. Scientific. a worldwide strengthening of free trade unions. It is wholly financed by contributions from its affiliates. India.000 to aid workers who became victims of oppression and to promote democratic trade unionism in economically under developed countries. Cameroon. Form one or more of those centers it conducted numerous educational conferences. Okinawa. maintained a residential trade union training college in Calcutta. the spreading of democratic institutions. Indonesia.Purposes of ICFTU Striving for world peace. Cyprus. International Labour Organisation (ILO) The International Labour Organisatoin (ILO) was set up in 1919 by the Versailles Peace Conference as an autonomous body associated with the League of Nations. Uganda. India and assisted in founding an African Labour College in Kampala. and Cultural Organisation and with the International Labour Office in Geneva. The ICFTU consistently opposed Fascist as well as Communist dictatorships. It became the first specialized agency of the United Nations in 1946 in accordance with an agreement entered into between the two . increasing the standard of living for workers everywhere. By 1960 it has created an international Solidarity Fund of $2. the ICFTU established headquarters in Brussels. Failures and successes of the ICFTU Lack of homogeneity among affiliates hindered the activity of the ICFTU in many fields.000. chiefly because of difference among its affiliates in the approach to unions in Communist-controlled countries. It provided assistance to inexperienced works in areas in the first stages of industrialization and sent organizers to Lebanon. and support to colonial people in their struggle for freedom. It found its work to be most effective in the area of international education. To facilitate the functioning of its widespread activities. Belgium. Problems of union organization were discussed at ICFTU seminars in various parts of the world. with experienced labour leaders and labour spokesmen from the less industrialized countries participating. Nigeria and elsewhere. It has been the consistent policy of the ICFTU to cooperate with the United Nations Educational. and implemented that policy by giving such aid as was possible to free labour in Spain and certain Latin American countries. The ILO was the only international organisation that survived the Second World War even after the dissolution of its parent body. with regional or subregional offices in may other countries.
The three main functions of the ILO are. as distinct from other international institutions. The Governing Body is the executive wing of the Organisation. etc. The ILO consists of three principal organs. protection of the interests of migrant workers. It appoints the DirectorGeneral. and injury arising out of employment. • • • to establish international labour standards. held normally every year. of whom two are government delegates and one each representing respectively the employers and the work people of the State. adopt the Organization’s biennial programme and budget. provision of an adequate living wage. protection of workers against sickness. The International Labour Conference is the supreme organ of the ILO and acts as the legislative wing of the Organisatoin. and to provide technical assistance for carrying ort programmes of social and economic development.organizations. the ILO has been confronted with the tremendous task of promoting social justice by improving the work and conditions of life in all parts of the world. The work of the Conference and the Governing Body is supplemented by that of Regional Conferences. prevention of unemployment. draws attention to the existence of conditions of labour involving injustice. A unique feature of the ILO. The aims and objectives of ILO are set out in the preamble to its Constitution and in the Declaration of Philadelphia (1944) which was formally annexed to the Constitution in 1946. to collect and disseminate information on labour and industrial conditions. protection of children. adopt international labour standards in the form of conventions and Recommendations and provide a forum for discussion of social and labour issues. Industrial Committees. recognition of the principle of freedom of association. disease. and organisation of vocational and technical education. India has been a member of the ILO since its inception. draws up the agenda of each session of the Conference and examines the . young persons and women. Regional Advisory Committees. The preamble affirms that universal and lasting peace can be established only if its is based upon social justice. From the very beginning. the Governing Body and the International Labour Office. The Preamble also states that the failure of any nation to adopt human conditions of labour is an obstacle in the way of other nations desiring to improve labour conditions in their own countries. The meeting of the General Conference. and declares that improvement of these conditions is urgently required through such means as the regulation of hours of work. are attended by four delegates from each member State. is its tripartite character. hardship and privation of a large number of people. The General Conference elect the Governing Body. the International Labour Conference. namely.
These Conventions and Recommendations taken together are known as the “International Labour Code”. Trace the origin and growth of trade union movement. wages and wage fixation. On the other hand. etc. provides the secretariat for all conferences and other meetings and is responsible for the day-to-day implementation of the administrative and other decisions of the Conference. creates binding international obligations on the country concerned. In order to achieve its objective. Wilfred Jenks describes the International Labour Code as the corpus juris of social justice. hygiene. health. It also serves as a clearing house of information on all labour matters. industrial safety. An important aspect of its work relates to the provision of assistance to member States. night work. democratic and changing social order necessary for lasting peace. What are the problems of a trade union? 4. In fact. productivity.implementation by member countries of its Conventions and Recommendations. These dynamic instruments continue to be the principal means at the disposal of the ILO to strive for establishing a just. The international labour standards take the form of Conventions and Recommendations. 2. children and your persons. The ILO adopted a series of Conventions and Recommendations covering hours of work. etc. A Convention is a treaty which. What are the functions of a trade union? 3. these instruments have been included in the category of “international labour legislation”. The International Labour Office. . One of the fundamental obligations imposed on governments by the Constitutions of the ILO is that they must submit the instruments before the competent national or State or provincial authorities within a maximum period of 18 months of their adoption by the Conference for such actions as might be considered practicable. labour-management. relations. the Governing Body. the ILO has relied on its standard-setting function. objectives and functions of ILO. holidays leave with wages. labour inspection. Review Questions 1. Briefly explain the history. a Recommendation creates no such obligations but is essentially a guide to national actions. when ratified. freedom of association. The Director-General is the chief executive of the International Labour Office. employment of women. employment. whose headquarters are located at Geneva. weekly rest. social security.
6. Industrial Disputes Grievances Handling Employee Discipline .UNIT – III 4. 5.
terms of employment or the conditions of labour where the contesting parties are directly and substantially interested in maintaining their respective contentious constitute the subject-matter of an industrial dispute. Some important factors responsible for industrial conflict and poor industrial relations many be briefly stated as follows: • Management’s general apathetic towards workers or employees because of their contention that they want more and more economic or monetary rewards and want to do less work. modernization or automation) without creating a favourable to appropriate climate or environment for the same. nonemployment. industrial dispute does not merely refer to difference between labour and capital as is generally thought. which is connected with the employment or non-employment or the terms of employment or with the conditions of labour of any person. Essentially. Lack of proper fixation of wages inconformity with cost of living and a reasonable wage structure generally. These may be described partly a psychological or social and partly political. the differences of opinions between employers and workmen in regard to employment. Thus form the legal point of view. Bad working conditions. therefore. Attempts by management to introduce changes (such a rationalization. Causes of Industrial Disputes The causes of industrial conflict or disputes have been much varied. • • • • . 1947. Mental inertia on the part of both management and labour. and ‘industrial dispute’ means “any dispute or difference between employers and employees or between employers and workmen or between workmen and workmen. but predominantly economic.Lesson 4 Industrial Disputes Meaning According to Section 2(K) of the Industrial Disputes Act. but it refers to differences that affect groups of workmen and employers engaged in an industry.
Lack of strong and healthy trade unionism. Lack of necessary changes in the working of government in accordance with changing needs and circumstances. lack of a proper policy of union recognition and inter-union rivalries. lockouts and gheraos are the most common forms of disputes. Legal complexities in the industrial relations machinery or settlement of industrial disputes. Inadequate collective bargaining agreements. unfair labour practices (such as victimization or undue dismissal). often resulting in insubordination or disobedience on the part of employees.• • • • Lack of competence or training on the part of first-line supervision as well management at upper levels in the practice of human relations. • • • • • • • • • Forms of Disputes Strikes. A fall in the standard of discipline among employees largely due to wrong or improper leadership. Political environment of the country. Growing factional and personal difference among rank-and-file employees who are union members or union leaders and a tendency on the part of the management in some cases to prefer having with outside leaders and not give due respect to worker-leaders. Combination of too much law and too little respect for law even at high levels. Strike . and Agitation and wrong propaganda by selfish labour leaders to further their own interests of their own party. Assignment of unduly heavy work-loads to worker. A spirit of non-cooperation and a general tendency among employees to criticize or oppose managerial policies or decisions even when they may be in the right directions. Difference in regard to sharing the gains of increased productivity.
in Remalingam Vs. amount to a strike.J.J. The following points may be noted regarding the definition of strike: • • Strike can take place only when there is a cessation of work or refusal to work by the workmen acting in combination or in a concerted manner. If on the sudden death of a fellow-worker. All such acts on the part of the workmen acting in combination. Indian Metallurgical Corporation. must be employed in an ‘industry’ which has not been closed down. If it is peaceful and does not result in cessation of work. pen-down strike: In all such cases. 516). it will not constitute a strike. Even when workmen cease to work.L. but it is a serious case of is conduct. Hunger strike: Some workers may resort to fast on or near the place of work or residence of the employers. 1964-I L. However. Madras. the workmen acting in concert refuse to resume work. The striking workman. refuse to do work. the workmen after taking their seats. But if due to such an fact.“Strike” means a cessation of work by a body of persons employed in any industry acting in combination. the relationship of employers and employees is deemed to continue albeit in a state of belligerent suspension. sit-down. Going on mass casual leave under a common understanding amounts to a strike. or a concerted refusal or a refusal under a common understanding or an number of persons who are or have been so employed to continue to work or to accept employment. Go-slow: Go-slow does not amount to strike. even those present • • • . Sympathetic strike : Cessation of work in the support of the demands of workmen belonging to other employer is called a sympathetic strike. it amounts to a strike (National Textile Workers’ Union Vs.81. it was held that such cessation of work will not amount to a strike since there is no intention to use the strike against the management. • • • Types of Strike • Stay-in. The management can take disciplinary action for the absence of workmen. Shree Meenakshi Mills (1951) II L. A concerted refusal or a refusal under a common understanding of any number of persons to continue to work or to accept employment will amount to a strike.L. A general strike is one when there is a concert of combination of workers stopping or refusing to resume work.
17 of the Trade Unions Act on the grounds of its being a concerted activity. it will amount to strike (Pepariach Sugar Mills Ltd. it does not constitute a strike. Their Workmen).for work. . • Lockout Section 2(1) of the Industrial Disputes Act. Work-to-rule: Since there is a no cessation of work. Further. A strike or lockout commenced or continued in contravention of those restriction is termed illegal and there is serve punishment provided for the same. 1947. The Industrial Disputes Act lays down several restrictions on the rights of both the parties. is the counterpart of strike – the corresponding weapon the hands of employer to resist the collective demands of workmen or to enforce his terms. It amounts to criminal conspiracy under Section 120-A of the I. 1947 defines “lockout” to mean the temporary closing of a place of employment or the suspension of work. temporary suspension of work called lay-off is not lock-out. the standing order of a company generally required for notice. lockout.C. It has been held by the courts that the suspension of work as a disciplinary measure does not amount to lockout. In such a situation union is obliged to use its best efforts to end the strike. a strike not sanctioned by the union. Vs.P. Illegal strikes and lockout are of two types: • • Those which are illegal form the time of their commencement. Regulation of strikes and lock-outs Employees do not have an unfettered right to go on strike nor do employers have such right to impost lockout. or the refusal by an employers to continue to employ any number of persons employed by him. Similarly. thus. Such strikes are prohibited in public utility services under Section 22 of the Industrial Disputes Act. Section 22 and 23 of the IDA provide for certain restriction which if not followed make strikes and lockouts illegal from their very commencement. and is not saved by Sec. • Lightning or wildcat strike: A wildcat strike is an unofficial strike i. and Those which are not illegal at the time of commencement but become illegal subsequently. Gherao Gherao means encirclement of the managers to criminally intimidate him to accept the demands of the workers. could not be given work. Such strikes occasionally occur in violation of the nostrike pledge in collective bargaining agreements.e.
000 or with both. 50.According to this section. or with fine which may extend to Rs. a strike or lock-out which is illegal. shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 6 months. or Within fourteen days of giving such notice. 1. or with both. 27]: Any person who instigates or incites others to take part in. 2. or with fine which may extend to Rs. Consequences of illegal strikes and lock-outs. or Before the expiry of the date of strike specified in any such notice as aforesaid. or with fine which may extend to Rs. or with fine which may extend to Rs. 4. etc.26(1)]: Any workman who commences. Penalty for illegal lock-out [Sec. within 6 week before striking. or During the pendency of any conciliation proceedings before a Conciliation Officer and seven days after the conclusion of such proceedings. 1. shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 1 month. 28] : Any person who knowingly expends or applies any money in direct furtherance or support of any illegal strike or lock-out shall be punishable with an imprisonment for a term which may extend to 6 months. or otherwise acts in furtherance of. 3.000 or with both. 1. shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 1 month. as here matter provided. Machinery Relations for Prevention and Settlement of Industrial The machinery for prevention and settlement of the disputes has been given in the following figure: Machinery for Prevention and Settlement of Industrial Relations . Penalty for giving financial aid for illegal strikes and lock-outs [Sec. Penalty for instigation. 1. continues or otherwise acts in furtherance of a strike which is illegal.000 or with both. continues or otherwise acts in furtherance of a lock-out which is illegal. no person employed shall go on strike in breach of contract• • • • Without giving notice of strike to the employer. Penalty for illegal strikes [Sec.26(2): Any employer who commences. [Sec.
D. unions and employers. conciliation and voluntary arbitration. the Code of Discipline provides guidelines for the workers. 1947 State Acts Labour Administration (States & Central Levels) Works Committe e Conciliation Voluntary Arbitratio n Court of Enquiry Adjudication Conciliatio n Officers Conciliatio n Board Labour Court Industrial Tribunal National Tribunal Voluntary Methods Code of discipline Formally announced in 1958. .Voluntary Methods Code of Discipline Tripartite Machiner y Government Machinery Collective Bargainin g Statutory Measures Worker’s Participation I. A few important provisions of code of discipline are: • • Strikes and lockout cannot be declared without proper notice. Act. It required the employers and workers to utilize the existing machinery for the settlement of disputes. The parties should not take any action without consulting each other. The code which was approved by major national trade unions and principal organisation of employers enjoyed on them to create an environment of mutual trust and cooperation and to settle the disputes by mutual negotiation.
These various committees are basically of advisory nature. Tripartite machinery Tripartite machinery consists of various bodies like Indian Labour Conference.• There should be no go slow statistics or any resort to deliberate damage to plant or property or resort to acts of violence. coercion etc.S. participation in management gives the workers a sense of importance. workers participation is based on the fundamental concept that the ordinary workers invest his labour in. The code has moral sanction only and it does not entail any legal liability or punishment. yet they carry considerable weight among the government. According to G. Walpole. Joint Consultation Modes 2. or Auto Management Scheme . Joint Decision Model 3. It provides for the integration of his interests with those of the management and makes him a joint partners in the enterprise”. Self Management. the Central Implementation and Evaluation Committee and the Committee on conventions. a feeling of belonging to his place of work and a sense of workmanship and creativity. it gives him the freedom and the opportunity for self-expression. The forms of workers participation may be as follows: 1. According to one view. the Standing Labour Committee. workers and employers. and the same number of workers’ and employers’ organisatoins. The concept of workers participation in management is based on “Human Relations” approach to management which brought about new set of values to labour and management. The forms of workers participation in management vary from industry to industry and country to country depending upon the political system. Generally. pride and accomplishment. and ties his fate to. his place of work and. Workers’ participation in management Workers’ participation in management is an essential ingredient of industrial democracy. the International Committees. he has a legitimate right to have a share in influencing the various aspects of company policy”. intimidation. these committees include representatives from centre and the states. pattern of management relations and subject or area of participation. therefore.
4. Workers Representation on Board It should be borne in mind that when individuals are provided with opportunities for expression and share in decision-making, they show much initiative and accept responsibility substantially. The rationale of workers’ participation in management lies in that it helps in creating amongst the workers a sense of involvement in their organisatoin, a better understanding of their role in the smooth functioning of industry and provides them a means of self-realization, thereby, promoting efficiency and increased productivity. Collective bargaining Collective bargaining is a source of solving the problems of employees in the work situation collectively. It provides a good climate for discussing the problems of workers with their employers. The employees put their demands before the employers and the employers also gives certain concession to them. Thus it ensures that the management cannot take unilateral decisions concerning the work ignoring the workers. It also helps the works to achieve reasonable wages, working conditions, working hours, fringe benefits etc. It provides them a collective strength to bargain with the employer. It also provides the employer some control over the employees. The process of collective bargaining is bipartite in nature i.e., the negotiations are between the employers without a thirds party’s intervention. Thus collective bargaining serves to bridge the emotional and physiological between the workers and employers through direct discussions.
Government Machinery The Ministry of Labour and Employment at the centre is the key agency for the policy formulation and administration in all the matters pertaining to labour. The State governments with the cooperation of their labour departments are responsible for the enforcement thereof. The Directorate General of Employment and Training (DGET), Office of Chief Labour Commissioner (CLC) (Central), the Director General of Mines Safety (DGMS), the Director General of Factory Advice and Labour Institutes, and Industrial Tribunals are some of the agencies through which the Central Government discharges its functions related to framing of labour laws and settlement of industrial disputes. The Labour Secretary is the overall incharge of policy formulation and administration, and commissioners of labour in the States are the operative arms for the effective implementation of Labour Laws.
Statutory Measures – Industrial Disputes Act, 1947 The States are free to frame their own labour laws as the labour falls in the concurrent list, Some States like Maharashtra, M.P., U.P. and Rajasthan have their own Acts. In the rest of the states, Industrial Disputes Act, 1947 applies. However, in the States having their own Acts, the IDA, 1947 will be applicable to the industries not covered by the State Legislation. Formally announced in 1947, the Industrial Disputes Act, has been amended several times since then. Under the Act the following authorities have been proposed for the investigation and settlement of industrial disputes.
Works committees The IDA, 1947 provides for setting up works committees in every organisation having 100 or more employees. Having representatives of employees and employees, these are consultative bodies and are set up for maintaining harmonious relations at the work lace and sort out the difference if any. Though the act does not define the jurisdiction of these committees, yet their functions mainly include providing proper working conditions and amenities for the welfare of employees at the work place or away from the work. A work committee aims at promoting measures for securing the preserving amity and good relations between employees and workers. Conciliation When the services of a neural party are availed for the amicable solution of a dispute between the disputing parties, this practice is known as conciliation. The IDA, 1947 provides for conciliation and it can be utilized either by appointing Conciliation Officer or by setting up Board or Conciliation. The Conciliation Officers are appointed by the Government by notifying in the Official Gazettee. Usually at the State level, Commissioners of Labour, Additional and Deputy Commissioners of Labour act as Conciliation Officer for disputes arising in any undertaking employing less than twenty workers. In the conciliation process the officer ties to bring the disputing parties together towards a settlement of the dispute and hence works as a mediator. The intervention of conciliation officer may e mandatory or discretionary. But in the disputes related to public utilities in respect of which proper notice is served to him, his intervention becomes mandatory. The Board of Conciliation is a higher forum and is constituted for a specific dispute. It consists of equal number of representatives of employers and employees under the chairmanship of an independent person, appointed by the government. The Board has to submit its report to the government regarding the dispute within two months from the
date dispute was referred to it. However, depending on the case, the period can be extended. Voluntary arbitration Industrial Disputes (Amendment) Bill, 1956 incorporated Section 10A favouring voluntary arbitration. In case of existed or apprehended dispute, the disputing parties can enter into an arbitration agreement in writing. The success of voluntary arbitration depends on “a sufficient degree of mutual confidence in decision by agreement on subjects which may be submitted for arbitration”. Court of enquiry The IDA, 1947 empowers the appropriate government to constitute a Court of Enquiry. This body basically is a fact-finding agency, constituted just to reveal the causes of the disputes and does not care much for the settlement thereof. The Court of Enquiry is required to submit its report to the government ordinarily within six months from the commencement of enquiry. The report of the court shall be published by the government within 30 days of its receipt. Adjudication If the dispute is not settled by any other method, the government may refer it for adjudication. Hence it is a compulsory method which provides for three-tier system for adjudication of industrial disputes. This machinery consists of Labour Court, Industrial Tribunals and National Tribunal. The first two bodies can be set up either by State or Central Government but the National Tribunal can be constituted by Central Government only, when it thinks that the solution of dispute is of national significance. A Labour Court consists of one person only, called Presiding Officer, who is or has been a judge of a High Court. The jurisdiction of Industrial Tribunal is comparatively wider than Labour Courts, and further the Presiding Officer of Tribunal can have two assessors may be appointed by the Central Government to help its Presiding Officer. Labour Courts and Tribunals are now required to submit award to the appropriate government within three months in case of individual disputes The submitted award shall be published by government within 30 days from the date of its receipt. It shall come into force on the expiry of 30 days from the date if its publication and shall be operative for a period of one year, unless declared otherwise by the appropriate government. Review Questions 1. What is an industrial dispute? What are the causes of industrial disputes? 2. What are the forms of industrial disputes?
.3. Explain various machineries for settlement of industrial disputes.
Lack of proper tools. Rigid production standards Improper matching of the worker with the job. Jucius defines a grievance as ‘any discontent or dissatisfaction. unjust and inequitable’. A grievance is a problem submitted by an employee or by a few employees of different types. breach of the freedom of association or the provisions of standing orders or non-implementation of the Government orders. ‘grievance’ may be said to “the representation by a worker. Areas of Grievances Grievances resulting from working conditions • • • • • Poor physical conditions of work place. believes or even feels to be unfair. ‘any dissatisfaction or feeling of injustice in connection with one’s employment situation that is brought to the notice of the management. It may be conce4ring a situation or may likely to affect the terms and conditions of employment of one worker or a few workers. In the Indian context. It may also include representation against non-compliance with provision of a collective agreement in an establishment where it has been signed. It is caused due to the difference between employee expectation and management practice. . arising out of anything connected with the company which an employee thinks. Beach defines a grievance as. The accumulation of grievance leads to strikes. efficiency and productivity.Lesson 5 Grievances Handling A grievance is a sign of the employees’ discontent with job and its nature. Frequent changes in schedules or procedures. whether valid or not. Grievances usually result in definite and considerable loses to employee morale. conciliation agreeme4nts or adjudicators’ awards”. whether exposed or not. proper disposal of grievances deserves special and adequate consideration in any programme of harmonizing industrial relations. lock outs and other forms of conflicts. Therefore. machines and equipments. a group of workers or the unions to the management relation to the terms and conditions of employment.
• Poor relationship with the supervisor. he should be able to snuff the causes of grievances. From the changed behaviour of employees. Grievances resulting from management policy and practices • • • • • • • • • • • Poor payment Lack of job security Inadequate benefits such as medical benefits. This he can do without its knowledge to the . Leave facilities Seniority Transfer Promotion Lack of career planning and development Hostility towards labour union Defective leadership style Communication gap Grievances resulting from alleged violations of • • • Violation collective bargaining agreement Violation of Central/State laws Violation of common rules Grievances resulting from personal maladjustment • • Over ambition Excessive self-esteem Methods of Indentifying Grievances The following methods can help the employer to identify the grievances: 1. leave travel concession etc. Directive observation: Knowledge of human behaviour is requisite quality of every good manager.
Grip boxes: The boxes (like suggestion boxes) are placed at easily accessible spots to most employees in the organisation. Exit interviews may be conducted to know the reasons for leaving the job. The manager must seek to develop an attitude towards employees that should be helpful in gaining their confidence. 3. the policy is preached most but practiced very rarely in Indian organizations. 4. In addition to normal routine. Properly conducted exit interviews can provide significant information about the strengths and weaknesses of the organisation and can pave way for further improving the management policies for its labour force. But this method will be more useful in absence of an effective grievance procedure. In handling grievances. 2. 2. This method will give general pattern of grievances. periodic interviews with the employees.employee. The procedure adopt by the management in handling the grievances must be apparent. a considerable amount of time must be spent in talking to employees. should have easy access to the chief executive to get his grievances redressed. Grievances should be handled in terms of their total effect on the organisation and not solely their immediate or individual effect. the fear of managerial action is avoided. Such talks to be most effective. The employees can file anonymous complaints about their dissatisfaction in these boxes. Open door policy: Most democratic by nature. Moreover management’s interest is also limited to the free and fair views of employees. 3. Open door policy demands that the employees. otherwise the organisation will do well to have a grievance procedure. The management should also display a sincere interest in the problems of employees and their constructive willingness to be to help to them with a view to gain not only their confidence but also their utmost loyal by and genuine cooperation. Principles or Guidelines for Grievance Handling 1. Employees leave the organisation either due to dissatisfaction or for better prospects. Due to anonymity. . even at the lowest rank. gathering data from them and passing on various types of information. 4. group meetings and collective bargaining are the specific occasions where direct observation can help in unfolding the grievances. Exit interview: Higher employee turnover is a problem of every organisation. should conform to definite patterns and adhere to well tested rules.
The model grievance producer give the various steps through which a grievance should be processed. the grievance is taken up by the Grievance . describing or expressing the nature of the grievances as clearly and fully as possible. Failing this. Above this. Following up the case to see that it has been handled satisfactorily and the trouble has been eliminated. the management is required to designate the persons for each of the various departments to be approached by the works and the department heads for handling grievances as the second step. 4. 3. The following steps should be taken in handling grievances: 1. A grievance procedure is an ordered multistep process that the employer and employee jointly use to redress grievances and resolve disputes that arise. For handling grievances. 2. where. Grievance handling procedures Grievance procedure is the most significant channel through which dissatisfaction of employees can be communicated to management. Defining. may be defined as grievance procedure or grievance redressal machinery. First. the grievance is taken to the departmental representative of the management who has to give an answer within 48 hours. as a first step. Gathering additional information to check the validity of the solutions and thus ascertain the best possible solution. A Grievance Committee may also be constituted with representatives of workers and management. Thus a formal procedure which attempts to resolve the differences of parties involved. Applying the solution. Gathering all facts that serve to explain when. 5. The steps in this machinery vary from organisation to organisation. the aggrieved worker/ employee can beet the departmental head along with the departmental representative of the management and this step is allotted three days. and 6.Steps in handling grievances It is important that grievance must be handled in a systematic manner. peaceful and expeditious manner. in an orderly. Establishing tentative solutions or answers to the grievances. to whom and why the grievance occurred. how.
If the employee is not satisfied. The final decision of the management has to be communicated to the workers or employee concerned within three days of the Grievance Committee’s recommendations. in turn. etc. The management must convince itself that justice is not only done. The Factory Manager will look into the complaint and the reply given by him will be final in the matter. The formal conciliation machinery will not be invoked till the final decision of the top management has been found unacceptable by the aggrieved employee. Although the grievance procedure gives the employees opportunity to raise their grievances to the highest possible level of management. consult the Personal Department if necessary and give a reply to the aggrieved employee within a period of 3 days to one week. The main object of grievance procedure is to resolve the grievance at earliest possible stage. the workman or employee has the right to appeal either to the dismissing authority or to a senior authority specific by the management within a week from the date of dismissal or discharge.Committee which should make its recommendations to the manager within seven days. If the aggrieved employee is not satisfied with the reply received from his supervisor. CASE Sandoz (India) Limited Grievance Settlement Procedure 1. Such a reply in given generally within a week. he can make an appeal for revision and the management has to communicate its decision within a week. but seen to be done and the presence of a trade union representative with the aggrieved party helps to ensure fair play not only for the employee concerned. he may approach the Factory Manager either personally or in writing for the redressal of his complaint. In the case of any grievance arising out of discharge or dismissal. the grievance may be referred to voluntary arbitration. but also for his management. . If the employee concerned is still not satisfied. discuss with his departmental head if necessary. In the case of non-settlement. he may approach his departmental head. yet they should be resolved as close as possible to their source. 2. investigate the matter personally and give a reply within a further period of 3 days to one week. in turn. who will. The supervisor will look into the complaint. who will. conditions pertaining to his work. Any aggrieved employee may approach his immediate supervisor for the redressal of any complaint regarding his work. 3.
If the employee still continues to be aggrieved. 2. . 3. Discuss briefly grievance handling procedures. 5. 6. he may approach the Management through the Union when the matter is taken up at the Union-Management forum for settlement on tripartite basis or by adjudication/ arbitration. If it is necessary for the workman to leave the work place on a call from any authority under this procedure. previous permission from his immediate superior should be obtained. the said order shall be complied with before the workman concerned invokes the procedure laid down for redressal of grievances. Define ‘grievance’ and state the causes of grievances.4. Review Questions 1. If a grievance arises out of an order given by the Management. Indicate the guidelines for handling grievances.
moulds. second. There are two types of discipline. “discipline is the force that prompts an individual or a group to observe the rules. It is also a punitive or a big stick approach which imposes a penalty or punishment in case of disciplinary violations. it is force or fear of force which restraints an individual or a group from doing things which are deemed to be destructive of group objectives. on the other hand. Positive discipline prevails only where the employees have a high morale. Aims and objectives The main aims and objectives of discipline are: . Industrial discipline is essential for the smooth running of an organisation. Discipline is a product of culture and environment and a basic part of the management of employee attitudes and behaviour. and abide by the rules of conduct and standards or work which have been established to ensure the successful attainment of organizational objectives. In any industry discipline is a useful tool for developing. According to Dr. it is punishment or chastisement. regulations and procedures which are deemed to be necessary to the attainment of an objective. Meaning Webster’s Dictionary gives three meanings to the world “discipline”. In other situations. First. Spiegel. it is the training that corrects. strengthens or perfects individual behaviour. it is control gained by enforcing obedience. includes both the application of penalties for violation and the fear of penalties that serve as a deterrent to violation. for increasing production and productivity. for the maintenance of industrial peace and for the prosperity of the industry and the nation. It is a determinative and positive willingness which prompts individuals and groups to carry out the instructions issued by management.Lesson 6 Employee Discipline Discipline may be defined as an attitude of mind which aims at inculcating restraint. Positive Discipline employs constructive force to secure its compliance. orderly behaviour and respect for and willing obedience to a recognized authority. It is a process of bringing multifarious advantages to the organisation and its employees. Negative Discipline. negative discipline becomes unavoidable. It is immeasurably more effective and pays a greater role in business management. one is positive and the other is negative. and third. improving and stabilizing the personality of workers.
The policies and procedures of organizations. violet nature etc. To increase the working efficiency morale of the employees. Causes for indiscipline in organizations It is more complex and difficult to identify the causes of indiscipline. Indiscipline. regulations and procedures of an organisation so that organizational objectives can be attained. To give and seek direction and responsibility. the attitude of workers. just and acceptable . Hence indiscipline is to be checked by appropriate positive means to maintain industrial peace. will affect the morale of the organisation. To develop among the employees a spirit of tolerance and a desire to make adjustments. and To impart an element of certainty despite several differences in informal behaviour patterns and other related changes in an organisation. therefore. Character of the workers such as gambling. the attitude of the management towards workers. drinking. Lack or defective grievance procedure. Political influence. To create an atmosphere of respect for human personality and human relations. coordinate and motivate workers. and. are the causes for indiscipline. Indiscipline The term ‘indiscipline’ generally means the violation of formal or informal rules and regulations in an organisation. Lack of timely redressal or workers’ grievances. Low wages and poor working conditions. if unchecked.• • • • • • To obtain a willing acceptance of the rules. Principle Of Effective Discipline Disciplinary actions have serious repercussions on the employees and on the industry. must be based on certain principles in order to be fair. individual behaviors etc. The important causes for indiscipline are: • • • • • • Ineffective leadership to control.
certain principles are to be observed such as: 1. must be properly and carefully communicated to every employee preferably at the time of induction for their easy acceptance. 4. a line executive). 7. Every kind of disciplinary penalty.e. The rules of discipline. both the blue-collar workers and white-collar employees. should be recorded. The line executive should issue only verbal and written warnings. Employees in a group should be associated in the process of discipline enforcement. . The responsibility for maintaining employee discipline should be enirusted to a responsible person (e. The rules and regulations should be appraised at frequent and regular intervals to ensure that they are appropriate. They must be applied fairly and impersonally. The group as a whole can control an individual works much more effectively than the management can through a process of remote control or by imposing occasional penalties. 5. depending upon the nature of their offence and past record. A person who has been issued with a stated number of pink slips will be liable to be laid-off or discharged. as far as possible. or in the company’s manual. should be framed in cooperation and collaboration with the representatives of employees for their easy implementation. The rules must be uniformly enforced for their proper acceptance.g. 3. In some of the American industries they have what is known as the “pink slip system”. i. In other words. 6.. Therefore. sensible and useful. In serious matters. through it is the personnel officer who should be given the responsibility of offering advice and assistance. Further. all defaulters should be treated alike. The rules of discipline embodied in the standing orders. Informal groups are likely to exert social pressures on wrong-doers avoiding the need for negative disciplinary actions. and no elaborate procedure has to be followed. 2. It serves as a warning and a learning process and helps to improve future behaviors of the employees in the enterprise. The rules and regulations should be flexible to suit different categories of employees in the organisation. Any discrimination or favoritism in this regard is likely to create discontent among the employees. Pink slips are issued as warning signals to a defaulting employee. even if it is a rebuke or a warning. in any discipline maintenance system.to be the employee and their unions. there should be a definite and precise provision for appeal and review of all disciplinary actions.
it would lower his status and authority. and make it difficult. the industrial relations departments should be consulted. goals.which warrant suspension. In this approach. In this approach the employee is helped to correct his deviations. discharge etc. . sets the standard of disciplines and punishments for the deviations. motivations. after indentifying the defects. A punitive actions must satisfy the principle of natural justice. if not impossible. training. aspirations. An individual is presumed to be innocent until he is proved to be guilty. If disciplinary actions are taken in the presence of other employees. If this happens. This approach analysis the cause of indiscipline from management activities such as defects in selections.. Disciplinary actions should be taken in private because its main objectives is to ensure that a wrong behaviour is corrected and not that the wrongdoer is punished. problems. group as a whole. needs. The punishment should be commensurate with the gravity of the offence. trade unions also act as agencies in maintaining discipline in work situation. and its disciplinary actions must be based on justice and fairplay. 9. an immediate supervisor should never be disciplined in the presence of his subordinates. the employee is considered as ‘resource’ as an asset to the organisation. Approaches to Discipline Enforcement The different approaches to discipline include• • • • Human Relations Approach Human Resources Approach Group Discipline Approach The Leadership Approach and Under human relations approach. 8. leadership etc. Similarly. corrective steps are carried out by the management.. behaviors etc. the employee is treated as human being and his acts of indiscipline will be dealt from the view point of human values. Under group discipline approach. for him to discipline his subordinates under certain circumstances. Under human resources approach. The management must act without bias and without vindictiveness. The burden of proof is on the employer and not on the employee. it may offend the sense of dignity of the employee and impair his social standing with his colleagues.
No unilateral action should be taken in connection with any industrial matter. In additions. A supplementary document contains the rights of recognized unions and a model grievance procedure. Code of Discipline The Fifteenth Indian Labour Conference discussed the question of discipline in industry and lain down the following general principles: • • • • • • • • There should be no lock-out or strike without notice.Under the leadership approach. Part II enlists the common obligations of management and unions. and ii) a proper and willing discharge by either party of its obligation consequent on such recognition. The existing machinery for settlement of disputes should be utilized. intimidation. the Code is highly comprehensive and ethical in its approach to the industrial relations system. It has been reproduced below. as defined by the laws and agreements (including bipartite and tripartite agreements arrived at all levels from time to time). Part I contains the duties and responsibilities of employees. Thus. Part III deals with the obligations of management only. Acts of violence. workers and the government in maintaining discipline in industry. 1946 to a certain extent. The Code embodies four parts. Any agreement which disturbs cordial industrial relations should be avoided. coercion or instigation should not be resorted to. Part – II: To ensure better discipline in industry. prescribed the correct procedure that should be followed before awarding punishment to an employee. Part –I: To maintain discipline in industry (both in public and private sectors) There has to be: (i) a just recognition by employers and workers of the rights and responsibilities of either party. There should be no recourse to go-slow tactics. The Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Act. while Part IV relates to those of the unions only. Annexure-A to the Code embodies the national level agreement on the criteria for the recognition of unions. No deliberate damage should be caused to plant or property. Awards and agreements should be speedily implemented. in disciplinary cases are dealt on the basis of legislations and court decisions. management and union(s) agree .
decisions and orders.• • • • that no unilateral actions should be taken in connection with any industrial matter and that disputes should be settled at appropriate level. • . that affirming their faith in democratic principles. awards. (c) victimization. conciliation and voluntary arbitration. (b) intimidation. that they will promote constructive cooperation between their representatives at all levels and as between workers themselves and abide by the spirit of agreements mutually entered into. and (c) lockuts. not to support or encourage nay unfair labour practice such as: (a) interference with the right of employees to enroll or continue as union members. that they will establish upon a mutually agreed basis a Grievance Procedure which will ensure a speedy and full investigation leading to settlement. and (d) go-show. that they will avoid (a) litigation. disputes and grievances by mutual negotiation. • • • • • • Part-III Management agrees • • not to increase work-loads unless agreed upon or settled otherwise. to take prompt actions for (a) settlement of grievance. (b) discriminations. that neither will have recourse to (a) coercion. restraint or coercion against any employee because of recognized activity of trade unions. that the existing machinery for settlement of disputes should be utilized with the utmost expedition. that they will abide by various stages in the Grievance Procedure and take no arbitrary action which would by-pass this procedure. and that they will educate the management personnel and workers regarding their obligations to each other. and (b) implementation of settlements. that there should be no strike or lock-out without notice. they bind themselves to settle all future differences. (b) sit-down and stay-in-strikes. and (c) victimization of any employee and abuse of authority in any form.
settlements and decisions. agreements.• • to display in conspicuous places in the undertaking the provision of this Code in local language(s). to distinguish between actions justifying immediate discharge and those where discharge must e preceded by a warning. not to permit demonstrations which are not peaceful and not to permit rowdyism in demonstration. 1958. that their members will not engage or cause other employees to engage in any union activity during working hours. agreement or practice. and (e) insubordination. • • Part-IV: Union(s) agree • • • not to encourage any form of physical duress. (c) damage to property. to discourage unfair labour practices such as: (a) negligence of duty. (b) careless operation. and to express disapproval and to take appropriate action against office bearers and members for indulging in action against the spirit of this Code. to take appropriate disciplinary action against its officers and members in cases where enquiries reveal that they were responsible for precipitate action by workers leading to indiscipline. (d) interference with or disturbance to normal work. the provision of this Code in the local language(s). The Central Employers’ and Workers’ Organizations shall take the following steps against their constituent units guilty of breaches of Code: . and to recognize the unions in accordance with the criteria (Annexure A given below) evolved at the 16th session of the Indian Labour Conference held in May. suspension or some other form of disciplinary action and to arrange that all such disciplinary action should be subject to an appeal through normal Grievance Procedure. to take prompt actions to implement awards. • • • • The Code does not have any legal section but the following moral sanctions are behind it: 1. reprimand. to display in conspicuous places in the union offices. unless as provided for by law.
A negative approach to discipline relies heavily on punitive measures and in the line with the traditional managerial attitude of “hire and fire” and obedience to orders. the Commission was in favour of giving a legal form to its important provisions regarding recognition of unions. to non-members who did not observe the Code. As regards the future of the Code. the Code will have no useful function to perform. culture and attitude towards the employees. however. to give notice to the unit to set right the infringement within a specific period. to warn. But. Failure to observe the Code would entail derecognition normally for a period of one year-this period may be increased or decreased by the implementing Committee concerned. and the like. a constructive approach stress on modifying forbidden behaviour by taking positive . unfair labour practices.• • • • • to ask the unit to explain the infringement of the Code. Grave. A dispute may not ordinarily be referred for adjudication if there is a strike or lockout without proper notice or in breach of the code as determined by an Implementation. to non-members who did not observe the Code. With the removal of these provisions from the Code to give them a statutory shape. willful and persistent breaches of the Code by any party should be widely publicized. and not to give countenance. in any manner. the Code has had only limited success and was obviously not the answer to the industrial relations problems. grievance procedure. 4. The Code began to rust and the parties were more eager to take it off. On the other hand. The approach to managing discipline depends to a great extent upon managerial philosophy. Discipline is a two-way traffic and a breach of discipline on the part of either party in industry will cause unrest. and in case persistent violation of the Code. 3. The Code of Discipline worked well at the beginning of its introduction and had a considerable impact on the industrial relations scene. they developed an attitude of indifference. the impact of the Code was not sustained over a long period of time due to several problems in its application and implementation. The spirit of the Code has not been imbibed by the central organisations which were signatories to it. and not to give countenance. 2. in any manner. According to the National Commission on Labour.
What are the principles of effective discipline? 3. State the principles of code of discipline. The concept of positive discipline promotion aims at the generation of a sense of self-discipline and disciplined behaviour in all the human beings in a dynamic organizational setting. . counseling etc.steps like educating. the approach to the disciplinary action in most cases should be corrective rather than punitive. In brief. instead of discipline imposed by force or punishment. Review Questions 1.. What are the causes of indiscipline? 2.
UNIT – IV 7. Collective Bargaining 9. Workers Participation in Management 8. Wage Administration and Industrial Relations .
According to one view. price and accomplishment. his place of work and. Alexander considers a management to be participative. “It implies a situation where workers representatives are. it given him the freedom and the opportunity for self-expression. . therefore.S. he has a legitimate right to have a share in influencing the various aspects of company policy”. That way it may also be treated as the process of delegation of authority in the general areas of managerial functions. It provides for the integration of his interest with those of the management and makes him a joint partner in the enterprise”. Traditionally. but where the ultimate power is in the hands of the management”. a feeling of belonging to his place of work and a sense of workmanship and creativity. “Workers’ participation in management is the practice in which employees take part in management decisions and it is based on the assumption of commonality of interest between employer and employee in furthering the long term prospects of the enterprise and those working in it”. workers participation is based on the fundamental concept that the ordinary worker invest his labour in. Dr. According to Dr. “if it gives scope to the workers to influence its decision making process on any level or sphere or if it shares with them some if its managerial prerogatives”. and ties his fate to.Lesson 7 Workers’ Participation in Management Workers participation in management is in essential ingredient of industrial democracy. Davis. According to G. the concept of Workers’ Participation in Management (WPM) refers to participation of non-managerial employees in the decision-making process of the organisation. To quote the version of British Institute of Management. “it is a mental and emotional involvement of a person in a group situation which encourages him to contribute to goals and share responsibilities in them”. Workers’ participation in management meets the psychological needs of the workers to a greater extent. Walpole. participation in management gives the workers a sense of importance. Clegg says. The concept of workers participation in management is based in “Human Relations” approach to management which brought about new set of values to labour and management. to some extent. involved in the process of management decision making.
psychological. The political objective of participation is to develop workers conscious of their democratic rights on their work place and thus bring about industrial democracy. The ethical objective of participation is to develop workers free personality and to recognize human dignity. the need for participation arises because modern industry is a social institution with the interest of employer. The rationale of workers’ participation in management lies in that it helps in creation amongst the workers a sense of involvement in their organisation. Thus the concept workers’ participation in management encompasses the following: • • • • • It provides scope for employees in the decision making of the organisation. they show much initiative and accept responsibility substantially. The participation may be at the shop level. the community and the workers equally invested in it. ethical and political objectives. The participation includes the willingness to share the responsibility by works as they have a commitment to execute their decisions. He considers himself to be an indispensable constituent of the organisation. the share-holders. so that the management become “Auto Management”. • • • . The participation is conducted through the mechanism of forums which provide for association of workers representatives. thereby. The basic idea is to develop self control and self discipline among works. a better understanding of their role in the smooth functioning of industry and provides them a means of self-realization.According to Dr. In should be borne in mid that when individuals are provided with opportunities for expression and share in decision-making. Socially. Association of worker with management provides him with a sense of importance. • Its psychological objective of the scheme is to secure full recognition of the workers. departmental level or at the top level. “it is a mental and emotional involvement of a person in a group situation which encourages him to contribute to goals and share responsibilities in them”. promoting efficiency and increased productivity. Objectives The scheme has economic. Davis. involvement and a feeling of belongingness.
Levels of Participation Workers’ participation is possible at all levels of management. final decision always rests at the option of management and employees’ views are only of advisory nature. Administrative participation: It ensure greater share of works in discharge of managerial functions. is called decisive participation. Workers Representation on Board 1. Decisive participation: Highest level of participation where decisions are jointly taken on the matters relation to production. 4. Here. or Auto Management Scheme 4. it may be vigorous at lower level and faint at top level. For instance. Broadly speaking there is following five levels of participation: 1. preferably with alternatives for administration and employees have to select the best from those for implementation. the only difference is that of degree and nature of application. decision already taken by the management come to employees. pattern of management relations and subject or area of participation. Joint consultation model: In joint consultation model the management consults with the workers before taking decisions. 3. Information participation: It ensures that employees are able to receive information and express their views pertaining to the matters of general economic importance. The forms of workers participation may be as follows: 1. 2. Joint Decision Model 3. Joint Consultation Model 2. Consultative participation: Here works are consulted on the matters of employee welfare such as work. Forms of Workers’ Participation in Management The forms of workers participation in management vary from industry to industry and country to country depending upon the political system. The workers represent their view . safety and health. Associative participation: It is extension of consultative participation as management here is under moral obligation to accept and implement the unanimous decisions of employees. However. welfare etc. Self Management. 5.
The informal participation may be such as the supervisor consulting the workers for granting leave. and allotment of worked or transfer of workers from one department to another. the two-tire participation model called ‘Shop Council’ at the shop level and ‘Joint Councils’ at the enterprise level were introduced.g. The participation of workers may be formal or informal. pay scales. Safety Committee. which recommended for the setting up of Works Committees. The various functions of participative forum laid down in the scheme could be modified with the consent of parties. Workers’ representation on board: Under this method. the entire control is in the hands of workers.A. Joint decision model: In this form both the workers and management jointly decide and execute the decisions. The scheme could not make such head way due to lack of union leaders consensus of the mode of representation and workers’ tendency to discuss ultra-vires issues e. Sweden and Poland. Yugoslavia is an example to this model. . 2. Canteen Committee etc. Production Committee. except those specifically exempted. and West Germany. wages etc. it takes the forms of formal structures such as Works Committee. Based on the review and performance of previous schemes a new scheme was formulated in 1983..S. 4. Since July 1975. The new scheme of workers participation was applicable to all central public sector enterprises. The management scheme. the workers elect their representative and send them to the Board to participate in the decision making process. This form of participation is followed in U. The scheme with equal number of representatives will operate both at shop as well as plant level. In the formal participation. overtime. 3. Industrial Disputes Act of 1947 was the first step in this direction.K. Joint Management Councils. The Joint Management Councils were established in 1950 which increased the participation of labour in management. 1970 gave birth to ‘Board of Management’. Self management of auto management: In this model. This form is followed in U. Workers’ Participation in Management in India Workers participation in management in India was given importance only after independence.through ‘Joint consultative Committees’. Where the state industrial units are run by the workers under a scheme called ‘Self Management or Auto Management Scheme’. Shop Councils.
For electing representatives for participation it also provides for secret ballot. What are the different forms of workers’ participation in management? 3. The factors responsible for the failure are: • • Attitude of the management towards the scheme is not encouraging. Workers have to be educated. 1990 all the schemes of participation were non-statutory and concentrated on particular levels. The attitude of trade unions towards the schemes is negative as they consider these schemes are reducing the power of Trade Unions. Review Questions 1. Thus the workers’ participation schemes in India provide wide scope for application and upliftment of workers. The bill provide for effective participation at all level by formulating schemes of participation. these schemes have not met with success though they are successful in some private sector units. The preventatives of workers are not given due recognition by the management.Prior to WPM Bill. Discuss the concept of workers’ participation in management in the Indian context. 1990. Some Trade Unions boycott Joint Management Council meetings. • • • Management should appreciate the scheme and accept them in full faith. But in practice. . Trade unions have to cooperate with the schemes. For effective and meaningful participation at all levels. The appropriate government may also appoint inspectors to review participation schemes and the bill also has provision of punishment for those who contravene any of the provision of the Act. creating an environment in the organisatoin for coordination of workers and management. It can be done by educating the workers. Thus workers’ participation in management in India has yet to succeed. What do you understand by the concept of workers’ participation in management? What are its objectives? 2. The success these schemes require certain conditions. a bill was introduced in Parliament on 25th May.
Meaning The term collective bargaining is made up of two words. Thus it ensures that the management cannot take unilateral decision concerning the work ignoring the workers.Lesson 8 Collective Bargaining In the work situation. Definitions Collective bargaining has different meanings for different individuals or groups. Trade Unions. These problems of an individual or few individuals cannot attract the attention of the employer because of their less bargaining power. The process of collective bargaining is bipartite in nature. loss incentive etc. It also provides the employers some control over the employees. the negotiations are between the employers and employees without a third party’s intervention. “Collective bargaining is a process of discussion and negotiation between two parties. i. offers and counter-offers.e. one or both of whom is a group of persons acting in concert. The growth of trade union increased the bargaining strength of workers and enables them to bargain for their better conditions collectively. long hours of work. Thus it means collective negotiations between the employer and the employee. The employees put their demands before the employers and the employers also give certain concession to them. fringe benefits etc. means ‘negotiating’. ‘collective’ – which means a ‘group action’ through representation and ‘bargaining’. Collective bargaining is a source of solving the problems of employees in the work situation collectively. management and public interpret the term in their own ways. Thus collective bargaining serves to bridge the emotional and physiological gulf between the workers and employers though direct discussions. It also helps the workers to achieve responsible wages. The success of these negotiations depends upon mutual understanding and give and take principles between the employers and employees. working hours. The resulting bargain is an understanding as to the terms and . an individual worker has to face many problems such as. Let us now discuss some leading definitions: According to the Encyclopedia of social sciences. which involves proposals and counter-proposals. working conditions. It provides a good climate for discussing the problems of workers with their employers. low wages. relating to their work situations. It provides them a collective strength to bargain with employer.
industrial harmony is not possible. administrative. Salient Features • • • • • • • • It is a collective process in which representatives of employers and employees participate mutually. It is a continuous process which can establish regular and stable relationship between worker’s organisatoin and management. Richardson says. It is a good method of promoting industrial jurisprudence.O. It is a flexible and dynamic process wherein no party adopt a rigid attitude.L. Therefore. understanding of view points.conditions which a continuing service is to be performed. a function embodying economic psychological. ethical and other aspects. it is the approach of employers and trade unions which matters and unless both are enlightened. taking correct decisions etc. by which employer and a group of employees agree upon the conditions of work”. “Collective bargaining takes place when a number of work people enter into negotiation as a bargaining unit with an employer or a group of employers with the object of reaching agreement on conditions of the employment of the work people”. and one or more representative workers organisation on the other with a view of reaching an agreement. . a group of employers or one or more employer’s organizations. It is a bipartite process whereas the representatives of workers and management get an opportunity for clear and face to face negotiation. More specifically. It is good form of interdisciplinary system (i. collection of necessary facts. It is a practical way to establish an industrial democracy.e. the solution to common problems can be found directly through negotiation between both parties and in this context the scope of collective bargaining is very great. “negotiation about working conditions and terms of employment between an employer.) It is a process that includes efforts from preliminary preparations to the presentation of conflicting view points. on the one hand. The I. Importance Whatever labour laws may lay down. collective bargaining is a procedure. workers manual defines collective bargaining as.
Butler has viewed the functions as: • • • a process of social change a peace treaty between two parties a system of industrial jurisprudence Collective bargaining as a process of social change Collective bargaining enhances the status of the working class in the society. It is a method of introducing civil rights into industry. It establishes rules which define and restrict the . Functions Prof. However the settlement between the two parties is a compromise. The management also comes to know the grievances of workers in advance and it gives an opportunity to take precautionary measure. if property conducted. Wage earners have enhanced their social and economic position in relation to other groups. Collective bargaining as a peace treaty Collective bargaining serves as a peace treat between the employers and employees. Collective bargaining as an industrial jurisprudence Collective bargaining creates a system of “Industrial Jurisprudence”. Collective bargaining restricts management’s freedom for arbitrary action and thereby management learns a new code of behaviour by conceiving of the union as a method of dealing with employees. collective bargaining. From the point of the view of the society. Moreover. If it works well. it develops a sense of self-responsibility and self-respect among the employees concerned and thus significantly paves the way for improved employee morale and productivity.Collective bargaining is really beneficial forms the stand part of employees and their unions as well as management. collective bargaining opens u the channel of communication between top and bottom levels of an organization. It extends the democratic principles from the political to industrial field. It builds up a system of industrial jurisprudence by introducing civil rights in industry and ensures that management is conduct by rules rather than by a arbitrary decisions. Employers have also retained high power and dignity through collective bargaining. result in the establishment of a harmonious industrial climate which helps for the socioeconomic development of the nation.
bonus etc. Promoting stability and prosperity of the industry.traditional authority exercised by employers over their employees placing part of the authority under joint control of union and management. In collective bargaining both the union and management should observe the laws and regulations in practice in arriving at a solution. 2. its functions include: • • • • • Increasing the economic strength to employers and employers. Principles of Collective Bargaining The success of collective bargaining is based on certain principles. 7. Both the management and union should analyze the alternatives to arrive at the best solution. The management should respect the unions and the unions should recognize the importance of management. Both the union and management must have good faith and confidence in discussion and arriving at a solution. Campo has laid down certain principles for union and management. 6. In all negotiations. Collective bargaining process should give due consideration to hear the problems on both sides. There must be mutual respect on both the parties. on the union side and management side to moderate discussions and create confidence. Collective bargaining required effective leadership on both sides. in working conditions. Maintaining peace in industry Prompt and fair redressel of grievances. the labour should be given due consideration – in wage fixation. Prof. F. For management . 4. for management and for union. 5. 3. Arnold. These principles are to be followed by the employers and unions. In addition to the above. This will develop mutual understanding of a problem which is more important for arriving at the solutions. For both union and management 1. Improving working conditions and fair wages.
Settlements by parties: In this case settlements are arrived at by parties themselves without the interference of a third party. For unions 1. Later these are submitted to the labour courts. Management can voluntarily take measures to settle the grievances. . 2. As far as possible they have to be avoided by compromise and discussion. negotiations are carried out by officers according to the Industrial Disputes Act. Managements need not wait for trade union to represent their grievances for settlement. 3. 4. The recognitions of a trade union to represent the problems is more essential. Collective bargaining takes the following forms: 1. 3. 4. only as a last measure. 4. Management should think of realistic principles and policies for labour regulations. Strike lock-outs should be resorted to. Unions should avoid undemocratic practices. Direct negotiation: In this agreements are arrived at by both the parties after direct negation. the management can recognize on which is having the support of majority of workers. Consent awards: Here the agreements are negotiated by the parties on a voluntary basis when disputes are subjudiced. and cooperation in collective bargaining rather than an indifferent attitude towards the union.1. Forms of Collective Bargaining The forms of collective bargaining differ from country to country and time to time in India. If there are more than one union. 2. 5. 2. Unions have to recognize their duties to the management also before emphasizing their demands. Management should follow a policy of goodwill. 3. Settlements under industrial disputes act: According to this. Managements should give due consideration to social and economic conditions of workers in collective bargaining. The enforcement of these agreements depends upon the goodwill and cooperation of the parties. Unions have to consider the benefits to all workers rather than a section of workers.
. Prof. transfers.On the basis of the level (in which collective bargaining takes place) it can be classified as: 1. the representatives of trade unions and employers at the national level will negotiate. Industry level bargaining 3. It takes place in the particular unit between the management and the trade unions of that unit. The Institute of Personal Management includes the following in a collective agreement. • • • Nature. The Contents of Collective Bargaining Agreements The scope of collective bargaining has increased during the recent years. Problems relating to security of trade unions. Rights and responsibilities of management and trade unions. wages. increased response by the managements. Randle observes that the increase in the scope of collective bargaining is due to the growth of trade unions. hours and conditions or work. increased response by the managements. holidays and leave with wages. production norms. increased prices and the legislations. Wages. retirements benefits and other benefits and terms and conditions of service. scope. safety and health etc. Plant level bargaining 2. National level bargaining In this. National level bargaining Plant level bargaining It is the micro level bargaining. are included in the collective bargaining. bonus. definition and purpose of agreement. Industry level bargaining Several unions of the same industry form and association and negotiate with the employers. leave. promotions.
and A termination clause Thus collective bargaining includes not only the negotiation of wages. salary. but also working condition. Govt. They collect the required data relating to large number of issues such as wage. Both the management and unions will take considerable time to the preparation and negotiation. Methods and machinery for the settlements of possible future. and (ii) the contract administration. The company will collect such information its internal sources – such as balance sheet. reports etc. • • • Preparation for negotiation Negotiation procedure Follow up action Preparation for negotiation First the union will submit their fresh contract to the management before the expiry of existing contract (usually 30 to 60 days before the expiry). Negotiation Stage At the negotiation stage certain proposals are put forward for mutual agreement after careful consideration. labour welfare and organizational matters.• • • Grievance redressal procedure. The personal department prepares a personal. nature of agreement in other companies etc. The trade union also collects such data from their own central organisation. Estimating the cost of implementing the proposals. disputes. contract agreements. market research reports. seniority. . (i) the negotiation state. The negotiation stage consists of three steps. overtime allowance. the policies of trade unions and management. the cost of living. Process of Collective Bargaining The process of collective bargaining consists of two stages. research staff from various Department etc. which includes – • • Specific proposals of the company including the objectives of negotiation.
Both parties should have a “bargaining cushion”. Such negotiations go on till the “point of no return” is being reached. Both the parties should have a tolerant attitude towards each other and have a spirit of accommodation and goodwill. “if anything is more important to industrial relations than the contract itself. The unions is represented by the leaders and centrals leaders. • • • . From the management side the representative include the chief executives. a negotiation committee is to be formed by both the parties. demands acceptable after negotiation. • Cooperation between both the parties is essential. During negotiations. The supervisors will be enlightened about the agreements for their effective implementation. When a conference over the redressal of grievance reaches an impasse. and make counter proposals. may be accompanied by a counter proposal for increase in production by the management. it is the administration of the contract”. The committee consists of three to six members. a demand for wage increase by the union. the agreement is printed and circulated among all the employees. Proper procedure should be adopted for the redressal of grievances by providing opportunity to exchange views. Negotiation technique or procedure In this step. the grievance should be referred to arbitration. Illiamson and Harries. The demands are classified as demands which need bargaining and demands which may be rejected. Contract Administration Agreement will be useful if they are executed properly. Both the parties should honour the commitment.• Classifying the demands as demands acceptable before negotiation. As observed by Profs. Campo has laid down the following general principles for administering the contact effectively. consumers. demands which cannot be accepted. workers and public. Follow-up action At this stage. normally the easier demands are taken up first. Such proposals are based on company’s commitment to shareholders. Prof. A rigid or irrevocable stance should always be avoided. For example.
Recognition of unions The management should recognize the trade union and analyze the facts in their representation of grievances. conditions of work. bonus. Routine problems The management and unions have to identify the grievances on routine basis and take appropriate action then and there. Before taking any decision. cost of benefits. finance and industrial relations experts. Strikes/ lockouts Strikes and lockouts should be resorted to as last measure. Mutual understanding encourages mutual agreement. Internal union democracy Trade unions should encourage internal union democracy by consulting the rank and file members. in addition to their wages. ‘Home Work’ on demands The union and management have to collect relevant data relating wages. quality of the products. The team should be headed by an appropriate person with adequate authority to take decisions. working conditions etc. . welfare schemes. Importance to output Trade unions should also give importance to output. company’s image etc. Open mind Both the management and union should have open minds to listen and appreciate each others point of view with flexibility and adjustment. both the union and management should conduct periodic discussions to avoid strikes and lockouts..Pre-requisite for Successful Collective Bargaining Collective bargaining will be more effective under the following conditions: Negotiating team Negotiating team should represent all groups including production.
Collective bargaining has gradually been taking roots in Indian soil. This is in sharp contrast to a private sector unit where its wages and fringe benefits are more geared to its specific requirements and circumstances. If used properly it can solve the problems of both the parties. However. voluntary arbitration. The number of agreement has been increasing. Collective bargaining in central public sector undertakings Collective bargaining in central public sector undertakings is done according to the guidelines issued by the Departments of Public Enterprises (earlier known as the Bureau of Public Enterprises). In the long-run it will serve as an instrument for labour participation in management and pave way for he cordial industrial relations in India. in steel industry. It includes matters relating to productivity. In core industries like steel. Most of the collective bargaining agreements were concluded at plant level. Thus collective bargaining is an important method of solving problems. one main collective agreement is entered into by the National Joint Consultative Forum on behalf of all private and public sector steel units with other unions. modernization. in many instances these4 limits are circumvented by the management by making gentleman’s promises with the unions on several issues outside the written agreement and implementing these promises over a period through administrative orders. ports and docks and banks. Collective bargaining is also used as a tool for bringing coordination between workers and managements. bonus. This department gives the content and limits of financial commitments which a public enterpriser can make with the union during the course of bargaining. Thus. standing orders. This is followed by several supplementary agreements being entered into at the plant level to cover aspects not resulted in creating uniform wage structures and fringe benefit patterns in all public sector units irrespective of the nature of industry (labour or capital intensive) and the paying capacity of a unit as determined by its financial performance. . Some industry level agreements were also concluded in textile industries in Bombay and Ahemadabad.management and union through mutual confidence.F.I. shows that out of 109 agreements 96 were relating towages. The scope is widening. In a study conducted by E. Most of the agreements were relating to wages. incentive schemes and job evaluation etc. It also serves as tool of communication of views by both management and works. collective bargaining is done at the national level for the industry as a whole. thorough mutual understanding.
3.Review Questions 1. What are the pre-requisites for successful collective bargaining? . What do you understand by “collective bargaining”? What is its scope? 2. Enumerate the principles of collective bargaining.
which. a choice has to be made”. evolution of a suitable wage structure and wage fixing machinery is important for the prosperity of industry. It cannot also be considered in isolation from the larger economic and social background prevailing in the country. At the macro economic level. The concerned parties. A delicate balance has to be struck between wages paid to the workers. The social objectives of wage policy may aim at eliminating the exceptionally low wages. “The social and economic aspects of wage policy are normally inter-related. A wage policy may be viewed from three different angels. At the semi-aggregative level. and at increasing the economic welfare of the community as a whole. the protection of wage earners from the impact of inflationary tendencies.Lesson 9 Wage Administration and Industrial Relation Wage is remuneration to labour for the work done or he service rendered by it to the employees. and the services rendered to the community. in turn. The government and the community at large are also vitally concerned with the problem because of a large number of industrial disputes center round the questions of wages and allowances. the profits passed on to the shareholders. or both for the purpose of achieving specific objectives of social and economic policy. for the well-being of labour. However the problem of wage fixation in a modern democratic society is by for the most difficult of all employer-employee relationship. When the social and economic implication of measures of wage-policy conflict. the establishing of fair standards. measures inspired by social considerations inevitably have economic effects and action designed to achieve specific economic results has social implications. They also determine the standard of his efficiency and consequently. the level of productivity. the works and the consumers have seemingly conflicting interests. The wages constitute the earning for the workmen. the problem is that of evolving a wage structure which is . additional employment and capital formation. determine his standard of living and that of his family. Therefore. Wage payment if the most vital and important problem that an industrial workers is confronted with It is also one of the most difficult areas in our present industrial relations system. and for the economic development of the country. namely. Wage administration is also important to the employer as it constitutes one of the principal 8items that enter into the cost of production of his product. the problem is that of resolving the conflict between the objectives of an immediate rise in the standard of living of workers. Wage Policy The term ‘wage policy’ refers to legislation or government action undertaken to regulate the level or structure of wages. the employers.
the basic need is to provide for “safety net” wages to prevent its exploitation. At the plant level. Provision of minimum wages in sweated industries In a country like India. systems of payment by results. “The protection of workers against exploitation or unduly low wages remains wager policy’s major pre-occupation for the under-developed areas”. the objectives of a national wage policy may be stated thus: • • • • • • To provide minimum wages to workers employed in sweated industries To fix wage ceilings To improve the existing wage-structure To control inflationary tendencies To accelerate export promotion and Other objectives. accompanied by separate measures to promote the growth of trade unions and collective bargaining. To obtain for the workers a just share in the fruits of economic development. supplemented by appropriate measures to keep workers’ expenditure on consumption goods in step with available supplies so as to minimize inflationary pressure.conducive to economic development. the problem is that of a system which provides incentives to increasing productivity and improving the quality of workers. The fixing of minimum wage is also necessary to boost up industrial employment. and To bring about a more efficient allocation and utilization of manpower through wage differentials and where appropriate. According to Turner. where labourers are exploited in the sweated industries. To set minimum wages for workers whose bargaining position is weak because they are unorganized or inefficiently organized. partly to smooth the flow of . • • In India. Objectives of a Wage Policy The ILO publication has enumerated the following objectives of a wage policy in developing countries: • • To abolish malpractices and abuses in wage payment.
and partly to cover the differentials in wage rates so that wages paid to employees doing identical work are rationalized. The workers should get a just share in the fruits of economic development and increased productivity. Productivity and efficiency can be boosted by giving incentives to them and by improving the investment capacity of industries by plaughing back a part of the profit in the industry. experience.labour from the farm to expanding modern industries. Acceleration of export promotion To get imports of essential capital goods. for increasing prices erode workers’ real income and lower down their standard of living and ultimately cause industrial unrest. “improving worker efficiency and performance. Fixation of wage ceilings Ceilings on wages need be fixed to save employees from the pinch of inflationary tendency that follow from uncontrolled price movement. technical know-how. therefore. mental and physical effort and hazards should be paid more than those having lower requirement. the wage policy should aim at a minimum wage in sweated occupation as well as a floor for entry to industrial employment. foreign exchange need be earned by promoting exports through increased . According to Clark Kerr. Thus. trained manpower and raw materials. The wage policy should. encouraging the acquisition of skills and providing and incentive of labour mobility should be the real purpose of a wage policy in a developing economy”. The jobs which demand a higher degree of skill. serves as an incentive to higher productivity and wage income. and encourages the allocation of labour to the expanding sectors of economy in which labour is in great demand. aim at stabilizing prices by tying wage increases to productivity. responsibility. Control over inflationary tendencies Controlling inflationary pressures should be an essential element of wage policy. training. Justice and fairness demand that a sound relationship should exist between rates of ay for different groups in similar occupations. Improvement in existing wage structure Desirable or rational wage structure facilitates the acquisition of productive skills.
collective bargaining at the plant level.” It may be observed that no serious attempt has so far been made at the level. Giri has said. wages are fixed and revised under the Minimum Wages Act. which the economic conditions of the country as a whole resulting from economic development”. Lately. “ A national wage policy must aim at establishing wages at the highest possible level. Wage Board Wage Board is a tripartite body. Other objectives • To bring social justice to workers and equal opportunities of personal development through the development of socialistic pattern of society. for formulating a national wage policy.productivity of exportable goods and price stability or price reduction wherever possible. To develop the skill of newly recruited industrial labour and other manpower resources. they are fixed by several well-established procedures or practices available for wage-fixation and wage revision. independent members. • • • Dr. as provided by the Directive Principles of the State Policy in the Constitution. Wage Regulation Machinery In unorganized industries. having representation of the employers and labour besides. But for other industrial workers. and there does not appear to be a formally proclaimed wage policy in India. and arbitration. Thus. improving workers’ efficiency and performance. which cannot be achieved only through statutory measures and ban on strikes and lockouts and compulsory arbitration To provide guidance to various authorities charged with the task of wage fixation and revision. adjudication. To maintain industrial peace. providing and incentive to labour mobility. Wage Boards have also been created. A wage policy should help to accelerate a nations’ development process. encouraging acquisition of strikes. These are settlements in conciliation of wage disputes. The representatives of the former two interests are . 1948. bipartite wage revision committees in several industries. it may be said that “the protection of workers against exploitation or unduly low wags. stabilizing prices and acceleration of the nation’s development process should be the real purpose and the need for a national wage policy.
An authority like a tripartite Wage Board. others are nominated by the Government. management and the public. with consultation and consent of the major central organizations. “the existing machinery for settlement of wage disputes has not given full satisfaction to the parties concerned. etc. Generally. mooted and endorsed in the First Plan. The Wage Boards are required to: • • determine which categories of employees (manual. Growth and development After independence. regional wage differentials. gratuity. tripartite representing the interests of labor. differential cost of living compensation. A more acceptable machinery for settling wage disputes will be one which gives he parties themselves a more responsible role in reaching decisions. This recommendation was subsequently reiterated by the 15th Indian Labour Conference in 1957 and various Industrial Committees. supervisory etc. hours of work. It observed. Such wage boards should be instituted for individual industries in different areas”. These boards are chaired by governmentnominated members representing the public. However. therefore. as a rule. clerical. The idea of setting up of tripartite Wage Boards was. to work out a wage structure based on principles of fair wages as formulated by the Committee on Fair Wages. the Industrial Disputes Act was enacted under which disputed regarding wages could be settled through adjudication. the Second Plan emphasized the need to determine wages through industrial wage boards. The Government decision to set up the first wage board in cotton textile and sugar industries in 1957 was also influence by the Report of the ILO’s expert. They function industry-wise with broad terms fo reference. It is an important machinery of State regulation of wages. the labor and management representatives are selected from the particular industry being investigated.nominated by their central organisatoins. Composition and functions of wage board The composition of wage boards is.) are to be brought within the scope of the wage fixation. But the parties were not satisfied with this system. . which include recommending the minimum wage. Labour and management representatives are maintained in equal numbers by the government. consisting of equal representative of employers and workers and an independent chairman will probably ensure more acceptable decisions. But no action was taken during that Plan period.
The time taken by the wage boards to complete their task has been rather unduly long. and Implementation of the recommendations of the wage boards has been difficult. The Committee made some important recommendations as below: The Chairman of the wage board should be selected by common consent of the organisation of employees and employees in the industry concerned. tea and coffee plantation. In future the wages board should function essentially as a machinery for collective bargaining and should strive for unity. some wage boards may also be asked to deal with the question of “bonus” (like that of the wage boards for cement. to work out the principles that should govern of bonus to workers in respective industries. gratuity (like that of the wage boards for the iron ore mining. Some wage boards (like that of the wage boards for sugar. demands in respect of payments other than wages (wage boards of jute and iron and steel industry). hours of work ( rubber plantation industry). wage boards have to deal with a large range of subjects of which the fixation of wage-scales on an industry-wise basis constitutes the biggest of all the issues before them. sugar and jute industries). limestone and dolomite mining industries) have been required to take into account the ‘special features of the industry’. . interim relief (like that of the wage boards for jute industry and port and dock workers). Evaluation of wage boards The Committee set up by the National Commission on Labour identified three major problems from which the wage boards suffer: • • • • • • • Majority of the recommendations of wage boards are not unanimous. rubber. Wage boards should be assisted by technical assessors and experts. In addition to these common items.• • the system of payment by results. Terms of reference of wage boards should be decided by Government in consultation with the organisation of employers and the workers concerned. limestone and dolomite mining industries and the second wage board on cotton textile industry. jute. Thus. iron ore.
For Industries covered by wage boards. What is a wage policy? What are its objectives? 2. Furthermore. The institution of wage boards has come to be widely accepted in India as a viable wage determination mechanism. and Wage-boards should complete their work in one year’s time and the operation of the recommendation of a wage board should be between two or three years. more acceptable agreements on wages and other conditions of employment of industrial peace. Both unions and employers’ organizations have supported it from its very inception. but these can be reduce considerably if collection and tabulation of basic information and relevant data on wage fixation is done on a running and continuing basis in respect of all major industries/ employments. the boards have functioned with responsibility and restraint and their recommendations have not undermined the efficiency of the industry. • • • • In these recommendations are accepted. after which need for a subsequent wage boards should be considered on merit. delays involved in actual working of the boards and imperfect implementation of the reconditions has been often the cause of anxiety. as contrasted to enterprise-level decisions under adjudications. It has succeeded in promoting industry-wise negotiations. a permanent machinery should be created for follow-up action. but their recommendations as finally accepted by the Government should be made statutorily binding in the parties. the working of wage boards may be made more effective. However.• A central wage board should be set up in the Union Ministry of Labour on a permanent basis to serve all wage boards through the supply of statistical and other material and lending of the necessary staff. Unanimous recommendations of wage boards should be accepted and in case of non-unanimous recommendations. in addition to encouraging greater participation by the parties and freedom in decision-making. government should hold consultations with the organisation of employers and employees before taking a final decision. What are wage boards? What are its functions? . and have been willing to accept changes to make it more efficient and productive. Wage boards should not be set up under any statues. Review Questions 1.
Employee Communication 11. Worker’s Education and Training .UNIT –V 10.
Since managers work with and through other people. Communication is vital in the relationship between executive and their subordinates. To encourage subordinates to supply ideas and suggestions for improving upon the product or work environment and taking these suggestions seriously. cooperation and job satisfaction. To prepare workers for a change in methods of environments by giving them necessary information in advance. To foster any attitude which is necessary for motivation. which can cause conflict and tension. conversations and rumours. Objectives of Communication Management depends upon communications to achieve organizational objectives. effective communications requires an appreciation of its meaning and objectives as well as of the barriers which effective communication. Also there must be channel of communication for feedback. reports. Therefore to be effective. Accordingly. the behaviouralists looked upon it as a means whereby persons in the organisatoin can be motivated to execute such plans enthusiastically and willingly. some of the purposes of communication are: • • • • • To discourage the spread of misinformation. Whatever viewpoint is accepted. all their acts. To develop information and understanding among all workers and this is necessary for group effort. Whilst the tradionalists viewed the communication purpose as providing the means whereby a plan can be implemented and action coordinated towards the common goal or end result. It is through effective communication that an executive ultimately gets work done by others. every executive must know how to communicate. policies.Lesson 10 Employee Communication More effective human relations is engendered through adequate communication. rules. Therefore communication is concerned with imparting a common idea or understanding and covers any type of behaviour resulting in an exchange of meaning. orders and procedures must pass through some kind of communication channel. ambiguity and rumors. . The origin of the word “communication” lies in the Latin word “communis” denoting “common”. An executive’s working day is filled with communication of different types like orders.
Communication also allows people to express their emotions. both the sender and the receiver perform the encoding and decoding functions automatically. down and across the levels of the organization’s hierarchy. Once a decision has been made. Communication allows people to co-ordinate by providing them with a way to share information. communication is necessary. Employees who feel that they cannot vent their anger or express their joy on the job may feel frustrated and repressed. sub-ordinates.• • To improve labour-management relations by keeping the communications channels open and accessible. Thus. peers and other outside the organisation. On any given day. a manager may communicate for all the purposes described above. Communication goes up. People need to know where they are heading and why. Decision-makes must share their views on what the problem is and what the alternatives are. communication is necessary to implement the decision and to evaluate its results. In the simplest kind of communication. They also need directions for their specific tasks. Communication Process The following figure presents a general way to view the communication process – as a loop between the source and the receiver. Communications of feelings can be very important to employee morale and productivity. Communication is especially important for the task of decision-making. or co-ordinate action. Communication transforms a group of unrelated individuals into a term that knows what its goals are and how it will try to reach them. . The first type of information that needs to be shared is what the goals of the organisatoins are. To encourage social relations among workers by encouraging intercommunication. Importance of Communication Inter-personal roles require managers to interact with supervisors. This would satisfy the basic human need for a sense of belonging and friendship.
Sending Encoding Transmission (through channels) Decoding
Source/sender The communication cycle begins when one (called the sender) wants to transport meaning-a fact, idea, opinion or other information-to someone else. A manager, for instance, might call the research departments to send to the latest information on a particular market. Encoding The second step is to encode the message into a form appropriate to the situation. The encoding might take the form of words, facial expressions, gestures, and physical actions and symbols like numbers, pictures, graphs etc. Indeed, most communication involves a combination of these. The encoding process is influenced by the content of the message, the familiarity of the sender and receiver and other situational factors. Transmission After the message has been encoded, it is transmitted through the appropriate channel or medium. Common channels or media in organizations include face-to-face communication (using the media of sound waves, light etc.), letters, and reports etc. (The channel by which an encoded message is being transmitted to you at this moment is the printer page).
Decoding The person to whom the message in sent the receiver) interprets the meaning of the message through the process of decoding. This process may be simple and automatic, but it can also quite complex. Even when you are just reading a letter, you may need to use all your knowledge of the language, your experience with the letter-writer and so on. If the intended message and the received message differ a great deal, communication has broken down (communication gap) and misunderstanding is likely to follow. Receiver The receiver can be an individual, a group, or an individual acting on behalf of a group. The sender has generally little control over how the receiver will deal with the message. The receiver may ignore it, decide not to try to decode or understand it or respond immediately. The communication cycle continues when the receiver responds by the same steps back to the original sender, which is called ‘feedback’. Noise In the communication process, noise takes on a meaning slightly different from its usual one. Noise refers to any type of disturbance that reduces the clearness of the message being transmitted. Thus, it might be something that keeps the receiver from paying close attention such as someone coughing. Other people talking closely, a car driving by etc., it can be a disruption such as disturbance in a telephone line, weak hunger or minor ailments which may affect the message. Methods of Communication There are mainly three primary methods of communicating in organizations, i.e. written, oral, and non-verbal. Often the methods are combined. Considerations that effect the choice of method include the audience (whether it is physically present), the nature of the message (its urgency or secrecy), and the cost of transmission. The figure given below shows various forms each method can take
Methods of communication in organizations
Written Letters Memos Reports Manuals Forms
Oral Information Conversations Task-related exchange Group Discussions Formal Speeches
Non-Verbal Human Elements: Facial expressions Body language Environmental Elements: Office design Building architecture
Typically organisations produce a great deal of written communication of many kinds. A letter is a formal means of communicating with an individual, generally someone outside the organisatoin. Probably the most common form of written communication in organisatoins is the office memorandum, or memo. Memos usually are addressed to a person or group inside the organisatoin. They tend to deal with a single topic and are more impersonal, but less formal than letters. Other common forms of written communication include reports, manuals and forms. Reports generally summarize the progress or results of a project and often provide information to be used in decisionmaking. Manuals have various functions in organizations. Instructions manuals tell employees how to operate machines; policy and procedures manuals inform them to work-related problems. Forms are standardized documents on which to report information. As such, they represent attempts to make communication more efficient and information more accessible. A performance appraisal form is an example. Oral Communication Oral communication, also known as face-to-face communication is the most prevalent form of organizational. It may be in the form of direct talk and conversation between the speakers and listeners when they are physically present at one place or through telephone
the greater the potential distortion. • • Disadvantages • • There is not formal record of communication so that any misunderstood message cannot be referred back to what was actually said. rapid feedback allows for early detection by the sender so that corrections can be immediately made. The spirit of authority cannot be transmitted effectively in verbal transactions. pitch. It conveys a personal warmth and friendliness and it develops a sense of belonging because of these personalized contracts. It is most effective for leaders to address the followers via public address system or audio-visual media. beliefs and feelings. If the verbal message is passed on long the hierarchical chain of command.or intercom system conversation. Advantages Some of the advantages of oral communication are: • • It is direct. so that if the receiver is unsure of the message. The human voice can impart the message much more forcefully and effectively than the written words is an effective way of changing attitudes. Lengthy and distant communication cannot be effectively conveyed verbally. if necessary. Informal rumour mill or grapevine are also popular form of oral communication. then oral communication may include public address system. It allows for feedback and spontaneous thinking. time saving and least expensive form of communication. trust and sincerity can be better judged in a face-to-face conversation rather than in written words. Where one-way communication is required. The more people the message must pass through. it helps in avoiding delays. Oral communication is particularly powerful because the receiver not only hears the content of the message. The receiver may receive the message in his own perception and thus misunderstand the intent of the message. since faith. speed and volume of the spoken word. Spontaneous responses may not be carefully though about. Because the message is conveyed instantaneously. red tape and other formalities. but also observes the physical gestures associated with it as well as changes in tone. then some distortions can occur during the process. • • • • .
It is more reliable for transmitting lengthy statistical data. And the message can be checked for accuracy before it is transmitted. formal reports. rules and regulations. causing disruption in its effectiveness. Advantages • • • It serves as evidence of events and proceedings. These areas have to be covered in writing for efficient functioning of the organisation. These non-verbal expressions include facial expressions and physical movement. It appears formal and authoritative for action. memos. Even some of the verbal messages are strengthened or diluted by non-verbal expressions. information bulletins and so on. In . logical and clear. There is no immediate feedback opportunity to be sure that the receiver has understood the message. The message can be stored for an indefinite period of time. It reduces the likelihood of misunderstanding and misinterpretation. Non-verbal communication Some of the meaningful communication is conveyed through non-verbal ways. Written Communication A written communication is put in writing and is generally in the form of instructions. Confidential written material may leak out before time. It provides a permanency of record for future references. It can save time when many persons must be contacted at the same time. The written communications are more likely to be well considered. letters.• More or less or a different meaning might be conveyed by manner of speaking. policy manuals. It also ensures that every one has the same information. • • • Disadvantages • • • • It can be very time-consuming. It is most effective when it is required to communicate information that requires actions in the future and also in situations where communication is that of general informational nature. tone of voice and facial expressions. It leads to excessive formality in personal relations. specially for lengthy reports.
frustration. fear and other characteristics that can never be adequately communicated through written word or through oral communication itself. tap our fingers on the table for impatience and we slap our forehead for forgetfulness. . According to Tipkins and McCarter. Our facial expressions can show anger. Communication networks A communication network is the pattern of information exchange used by the members of a group. power and prestige such as that of a chief operating officer. and Anger-rage Physical movements or body language is known as “kinesics”. As for us environmental elements are concerned. facial expressions can be categorised as: • • • • • • • • Interest-excitement Enjoyment-joy Surprise-startle Distress-anguish Fear-terror Shame-humiliation Contempt-disgust. wink an eye for mischief or intimacy. a small metal desk on a corner communicates the status of a low ranking officer in the organizational setting. Some of the other body language symptoms are shrugging our shoulders for indifference. Accordingly non-verbal actions have considerable impact on the quality of communication. some of the environmental elements such as building and office space can convey a message about the authority of the person. On the other hand. Other examples of body language are tilting of head. shyness. A handshake is probably the most common form of body language and tells a lot about a person’s disposition. a large office with plush carpeting and expensive furniture conveys a message of status.addition. folding of arms or sitting position in a chair. arrogance.
Subordinate Senior Manager Subordinate Manager Assistant Manager Manageme nt Trainee Subordinate Manager Communication networks Subordinate WHEEL CHAIN CIRCLE Task Force Member Task Force Member ALLCHANNEL Informal Group Member Informal Group Member Informal Group Member Informal Group Member Task Force Member Task Force Member .
a group with high density and distance can expect a lot of noise distortion in its communications. a wheel network develops. The distance between members describes how far a message must travel to reach the receiver. All these provide insight into possible communication problems.When the members of a group communicate mostly with the group leader. When the members of a group are on different levels of the organization’s hierarchy. Members’ commitment to the group’s work is defined by the centrality of the position of the members. The ease with which members can communicate with others I measured by members’ relative freedom to use different paths to communicate. Members or a task-force or committee often develop a circle network of communication with each person communicating directly to the other members of the task-force. The density of the communication refers to the total quantity of communication among members. a chain network is likely. Informal groups that lack a formal leader often form an all-channel network – that everyone communicates with everyone else. For instance. . as messages travel a long distance to their receives.
the manager may encourage silent group members to seek in order to get the desired decisions. The environment: The environment including the group’s seating arrangement and meeting place also affects communication patterns. Individuals can send and receive messages across whole organizational levels and departments by means of vertical communication or the information communication network. they do not sufficiently describe the paths of all message transmitted in organizations. 2. composition. For instance. . Upward communication Upward Communication consists of messages moving up the hierarchy from subordinates to superiors. Forms of Organizational Communication Although interpersonal and group forms of communication pertains even at the broadest organizational levels. Managers must make use of all these characteristics and tendencies to help groups communicate and work most efficiently. all channel network will arise. If the manager relies on a group to help make decision. The content of upward communication usually includes requests. if members always sit around a table. 3. it is much easier to have an all-channel network in a group of eight than in a group of eighty. For instance. A manager who sees that a wheel network is forming around and experienced. then circle network will arise. Group performance factors: The group performance factors like group’s size. Non-verbal communication is also important and can be part of interpersonal. suggestions or complaints and information the sub-ordinate thinks is of importance to the superior. If an assertive but irresponsible employee becomes the hub of such a wheel. The communication typically takes place between manages and their superiors and sub-ordinates. Type of task: If the task of the group is simple – a chain or wheel network will probably arise. norms and cohesiveness also affect the formation of communication networks. For hand task. Vertical communication Vertical communication is communication that follows both up and down the organizational hierarchy. group and organizational communication.The following factors influence the formation of communication patterns within small groups: 1. the manger may need to take action. trusted employee may not interfere with the process.
The content of downward communication often includes directives. When these kinds of rumours are being spread. assignments. Dissemination of information is regard to such maters as procedural change and company’s policies on transfers. promotion etc. It is in the form of gossip in which personal spreads a message to as many others as possible who may either keep the information to themselves or pass it on to others. For example. Managers can also obtain valuable information from the grapevine and use it for decision-making. the Worker is provided with a public address system. Managers should have some control over the informal network. manages may need to intervene. performance feedback and information that the superior thinks is of value to the sub-ordinate. the grapevine in an organisation may be carrying harmful information. They can gold open meetings and objectively discuss the issues that are being informally discussed already. with a view to facilitate expeditious and simultaneous communicate to the workers on their jobs. Transactional communication Wenburg and Wilmont suggest that instead of communication being “upward” or “downward” which is inter-communication. They may also issues a clearly worded memo or report stating the facts and thereby help minimize the damage that the informal network can do. Telco Flashes and Telco Ek Samuday provide details with regard to the company’s activities in different spheres. In the transactional process. Informal Communication Another term for informal communication network is the grapevine informal networks are found in all organizations. . magazines such as Telco News. it should be “transactional” communication which is mutual and reciprocal because. The content of gossip is likely to the personal information or the information about the organisation itself. at TELCO. the communication is not simply the flow of information. “ all persons are engaged in sending encoding” and receiving (decoding) messages simultaneously. is done through circulars and notice put up on the notice boards. but it develops a personal linkage between the superior and the subordinate. false information or politically motivated information.Downward communication Downward Communication consists of messages moving down the hierarchy from superiors to sub-ordinates. In addition. Each person is constantly sharing in the encoding and decoding process and each person is affecting the other”. For example.
Ambiguity in use of words will lead to different interpretations.Other Forms of Communication One that has become especially popular of late is rather colloquially labeled “management by wandering around”. Inappropriate channel Poor choice of channel communication can also be contributory to the misunderstanding of the message. dealers and any one else involved tithe company in any way. The basic idea is that some managers keep in touch with what’s going on by wandering around and talking with people-sub-ordinates. There are certain external road blocks to effective communication. This will give managers new ideas and a better feel for the entire company. . The manager must decide whether the communication would be most effective if it is in writing or by a telephone call or a face-to-face conversation or a combination of these modes. interferes with the effectiveness of communication. otherwise it will not achieve the desired result and a communication break-down will occur. Hence the manager must know when to communicate. For instance a last minute communication with a deadline may put too much pressure on the receivers and may result in resentment. Some of the sources contributing towards noise factor are: Poor timing A message sent on poor timing acts as a barrier. A message must be sent at an appropriate time to avoid these problems. It must be precise and to the point. customers. Improper or inadequate information The information must be meaningful to the employee. there are personal factors which affect communication. In addition. Barriers to Communication The communication must be interpreted and understood in the same manner as it was meant to be sent by the sender. It may cause interference in the process of communication by distraction or by blocking a part of the message or by diluting the strength of the communication. Too little or too much information endangers effective communication. Some of the organizational barriers and some of the interpersonal barriers to effective communication are discussed below: Noise Barriers Noise in any external factor which. The term is derived from noise or static effects in telephone conversation or radio wage transmission.
Hence the organisation structure should be such that the chain of command and channels of communication are clearly established and the responsibility and authority are clearly assigned and are traceable. . Some of these are: Filtering Filtering refers to intentionally withholding or deliberate manipulation of information by the sender. The secretary may forget to forward a memo. Organizational structure Communication may be blocked. either because the sender believes that the receiver does not need all the information or that the receiver is better off not knowing all aspects of a given situation. Network breakdown Network breakdown may be intentional or due to information overload and time pressures under which a communication has to be acted upon. It should also be that the receiver is simply told what he wants to hear. Information overhead Overload occurs when individuals receive more information than they are capable of processing. Interpersonal Barriers There are may interpersonal barriers that disrupt the effectiveness of the communication process and generally involve such characteristics of either the sender or the receiver that cause communication problems.Physical distractions Any physical distractions such as telephone interruptions or walk-in visitors can interfere with the effective face-to-face communication process. chaotic or distorted if the channels are not clear or if there are bottlenecks or dead ends. Some factors contributing to such disruption are: • • • Important negative information may be withheld by the managers. There may be professional jealousy resulting in closed channels. The result could be confusion or some important information may be laid aside for the purpose of convenience.
For example. he may perceive women to be less efficient managers. that there is no dancing on Sundays and second. could lead to two interpretations. rather than unique and distinct individuals. • • This perception limits the manager’s ability to effectively respond to and deal with individual difference and differing views of work situations. First. The choice of a wrong word or a comma at a wrong place in a sentence can sometimes alter the meanings of the intended message. Perception Perception relates to the process through which we receive and interpret information from our environment and create a meaningful work out of it. Some of the perceptual situations that may distort a manager’s assessment of people resulting in reduced effectiveness of the communication are: • A manager may perceive people to belong to one category or another as stereotypes. trust and respect for the sender. The words and paragraphs must be interpreted with the same meaning as was intended. Different people may perceive the same situation differently.Semantic barriers These barriers occur due to differences in individual interpretations of words and symbols. A manager may assume that his subordinate’s perception about things and situation are similar to his own. Hearing what we want to hear and ignoring information that conflicts with what we know can totally distort the intent or the content of the message. then the decoding and the interpretations of the message will lead to a meaning of sender. specially for multi-national companies and enterprise. Sender credibility When the sender of the communication has high credibility in the eyes of the receiver. then the receiver will scrutinize the message heavily and deliberately look for hidden . If the receiver has confidence. A pleasant smile may make a positive first impression. that there is dancing on Sundays. Cultural barriers The cultural differences can adversely affect the communication effectiveness. Conversely. but it not clean and decent. if the sender is not trusted. “clean and decent dancing every night except Sunday”. For example. the message is taken much more seriously and accepted at face value. A manager may make total assessment of a person based on a single trait. a night club advertisement sign.
the managers must make sure that they use the word in the same manner as the receiver is expected to understand it. Emotions The interpretation of the communication also depends upon the state of the receiver at the time when message is received. The information is transferred more accurately when the receiver is given the opportunity to ask for clarifications and answer to any questions about the message. 2. Hence.meanings or tricks and may end up distorting the entire message. avoids the message. a manager must not assume that a particular work means the same thing to all people who use it. Overcoming Communication Barriers It is very important for the management to recognize and overcome barriers to effective communication for operational optimization and this would involve diagnosing and annualizing. Feedback barriers The final source of communication barriers is the feedback or lack of it. designing proper messages. frustrated or depressed may be interpreted differently than when he is happy. Improve listening skills: Good listening habits lead to better understanding and good relationships with the each other. Some of the steps that can be taken in this respect are as follows: 1. even though more time-consuming. Twoway communication even though more time-consuming. avoids distrust and leads to trust and openness which builds a healthy relationship contributing to communications effectiveness. and believe it specially if the message is related to the field of expertise. Similarly. Multi-meaning words Many words in English language have different meanings when used in different situations. situations. Some guidelines for effective listening are: . The same message received when the receiver is angry. Feedback: Feedback helps to reduce misunderstandings. assisting receivers of massages in correct decoding and interpretation and providing an efficient and effective feedback system. Accordingly. Feedback is the only way to ascertain as to how the message was interpreted. otherwise it will create a barriers to proper understanding of the message. Two-way communication. selecting appropriate channels for communicating these messages. if the source is believed to be an expert in a particular field then the listener may pay close attention to the message. Extreme emotions are most likely to hinder effective communication because national judgments are replaced by emotional judgments.
tone of the voice and emotions should receive proper attention. Don’t jump to conclusions before the message is over and is clearly understood. Do not prejudice or value the importance of the message due to your previous dealings and experiences with the sender or your perceptions about him. While the rules of grammar and composition must be respected. Do not be bogged down by rules of composition. Some helpful hints in written communication are suggested by Robert Degise as follows: • Keep words simple: This will reduce your thoughts to essentials and the message will be easier to understand by the receiver. The language used. When writing messages it is necessary to be precise thus making the meaning as clear as possible so that it accomplishes the desired purpose. • . positive or negative.• Listening requires full attention to the speaker. Do not let your mind wander or be preoccupied with something else. The message will be lost if the words are complex and do not lend to a clear single meaning. they should not take priority over the ultimate purpose of the communication. otherwise you would not be able to grasp the meaning of the message in its entirety. Summarize and restate the message after it is over to make sure about the content and the intent of the message. Make sure that there are no outside interruptions and interference during the course of conversation. • • • • • • 3. Listen for feelings in the message content and respond positively to these feelings. Ask questions to clarify any points that you do not understand clearly and reflect back to the speaker your understanding of what has been said. Develop writing skills: Clearly written messages can help avoid semantic and perception barriers. A well written communication eliminates the possibility of misunderstanding and misinterpretation.
but also the timing of the message and the environmental setting in which the message is delivered and received is equally important. the management must be sincere and should earn the trust of the subordinates. Guidelines for Effective Communication These guidelines are designed to help management improve their skills in communicating so as not only avoid any barriers to effective communication. • 4. Accordingly. Lift. be specific and to the point. It should also be clear. The message must be clear. thus contributing to communications effectiveness. but also to strengthen the basis for optimum results which depend upon the clear understanding of the desired communication.• Write concisely: Use a few words as possible. Sense of timing The message should not only be timely so that the decisions and actions can be taken in tie and when necessary. precise and to the point and free from distortions and noise. Management should not only be sensitive to the needs and feelings of works but also its promises should be supported by actions. Accordingly. opinions and ideas in the fewest number of words possible. Integrity . but express your thoughts. Do not be brief at the cost of completeness. brief and precise The ideas to be communicated must be well planned and clearly identified. In specific: Vagueness destroys accuracy which leads to misunderstanding of the meaning or intent of the message. Accordingly to studies conducted by J. This will eliminate ambiguity so that the message will not be subject to more than one interpretation. It should also be brief so that it is just necessary and sufficient and should avoid loose ends or meaningless and unnecessary words. The ideas and messages should be clear. openness and an atmosphere of trust builds healthy relationship and closes credibility gaps. Avoid credibility gaps: Communication is a continuing process and the goal of the communication is complete understanding of the message as well as the creation of trust among all members of the organisation. precise and to the point and free from distortions and noise.
The response and feedback to the communication should determine whether the action to the communication has been prompt. Consider the receiver’s interest Take the receivers interest into account. it creates bickering. distrust. the established channels must be used as required. they would be highly motivated to give active support to such communication and would carry it through.The communication must pass through the proper channels to reach the intended receiver. When these concerned levels are omitted or bypassed. confusion and conflict. Accordingly. The written communication should be polite and unambiguous. The management must always be helpful in carrying out the intended message of the communication. The management must clarify any part of the communication that may be necessary and must encourage comments. and feedback. At the same times. but be confident and definitive. Consult with others who are involved in planning the communication If people have participated in the planning process. “I am not sure it will work”. attentiveness to the receiver and so on. expression and emotions exhibited. questions. should also be based on future needs of the organisation as well as individuals. Communication should be comprehensive Communication should be complete so as not only to meet the demands of today but. . Now cellular phones. The people who are concerned must know exactly what they need and when they need the communication. appropriate and accurate. It is not even possible for managers from different cities to ‘meet’ by teleconferencing method without leaving their offices. then the receiver will be more responsive to the communication. Use proper follow-up All communications need a follow-up to ensure that these were properly understood and carried out. Mode of delivery While delivering the communication. the nature of managerial and organizational communication has changed dramatically. Recently. The success of the communication also depends upon the tone of the voice if the communication is verbal. The communication flow and its spread must avoid by passing levels or people. avoid negative statements like. mainly because of break through the electronic technology and advent of computers. E-mail and Internet have made the communication quick and convenient.
What are the different types of communication? 4. It is vital in the relationship between executives and their subordinates. . Role of Communication in Industrial Relations The overall objective of the communication system is to create a sense of oneness among the people and to secure the individual’s identification with the organisation. Identify the barriers to effective communication and discuss how they can be overcome? 5. the management can will the confidence and the employees can be properly prepared for accepting necessary changes by avoiding unnecessary misgivings.psychologists are beginning to discover some problems associates with these new advances in communication. Thus. communication seeks to unify. If such information is shared freely. Redfield. 2. Through proper communication the management is able to keep its employees well informed with its ultimate objectives and what it expects from each individual. There can be no denying the fact that the adequacy and effectiveness of communication system largely determines the success and progress of an organisation. Review Questions 1. What are the steps in communication process? 3. As put b Charles E. Discuss how communication acts as a tool to bring about smooth industrial relations. “It is claimed that it is impossible to have human relations without communication”. ‘Communication is the mechanism through which human relations have developed”. coordinate and combine the entire employee for the achievement of organizational objectives. Define communication and bring out the importance of organizational communications.
it covers trade unionism. In many countries of Western Europe. workers’ education refers to education in citizenship.O. to still others. At a Seminar convened by the I. consumer or citizen”. in Copenhangen in 1956 to consider the question of workers’ education.Lesson 11 Worker’s Education and Training The workers in the country should be regarded as the most significant component of the citizen community and they should be psychologically satisfied by providing opportunities for education and training. To some.K. It has been aptly said that “the major capital stock of an industrially advanced country is not in its physical equipment. select the teachers and in considerable measure furnish the finance”. partly because of the “lack of definitiveness of aim or workers’ education”. to others. it was gathered that the participants had very different conceptions of workers’ educations. It has now been increasingly realized that there is a growing need for the kind of education that will properly equip the workers and trade unions to meet their increasingly heavy economic and social responsibilities. According to Harry Laidlar. general adult education and vocational education. The term “workers’ education” has assumed different meanings in different countries due to historical reasons. In the U. including India. “Workers’ education is an attempt on the part of the organized labour to educate his own members under in educational system in which the workers prescribe the courses of instruction. it meant “education of the workers as a trade unionist”. a better union member and a better citizen. the term workers’ education is used in its wider connotation and aims at making the worker a better operative. . Concept of Worker’s Education It is very difficult to define precisely the term “workers’ education”. and partly due to “lack of unanimity amongst labour experts on these aims”.L. it meant “basic education for workers who lacked opportunity in formal schooling”. In the developing countries. it meant “education of the workers as a member of the community and as a producer. The definition emphasizes upon: • The trade union o educate its own members. it is the body of knowledge amassed from the tested findings and the capacity and the training of population to use this knowledge effectively”. “In the United States of America workers’ education is considered as synonymous with training in trade union leadership.
” But trade union education is narrower in scope in as much as it only confines itself in training workers to become good members of trade union whereas the workers’ education besides providing the workers the training in trade unions also aims at social and fundamental education as that is given with view to making a worker a good citizen as well as a good member of the trade union. . “Workers’ education and trade union are synonymous. problem. to create leadership among the ranks of labour. to prepare worker for effective collaboration with the management. It is a special kind of adult education designed to give workers a better understanding for their status. to replace outsiders in trade unions and ultimately to make them conscious of their rights and responsibilities that worker’s education aims at”. education is to equip the trade unions to take a more active interest in the movement. Characteristic Features of Worker’s Education On the basis of the various definitions given of workers’ education. “The workers’ education. workers’ education has to take into consideration the educational needs of the worker as an individual for his personal evolution. therefore. as an operative – for his efficiency and advancement. “It is . and The system of education should be financed by the fund of the union concerned. as commonly used. as consumers and as citizens”. as a member of a trade union – for the protection of his interests as a member of the working class. since the chief aim of workers’. to create better understanding of work and one’s own place in national economy. as union members. “Workers’ Education” seeks to help the worker solve his problems not as an individual but as a member of his social class. as a citizen – for a happy and integrated life in the community. rights and responsibilities as workers.• • The educational system should be such in which the workers themselves prepare the syllabi and curricula and themselves select the teachers. to make him a better citizen.”. Florence Peterson observes. to bridge the lacuna by illiteracy. in not a generic term but has a specific connotation. aS a whole. certain characteristic features may be noted as below: • The scope of workers’ education is much wider than that of trade union education. According to another authority. According to the Encyclopedia of Social sciences.
It differs from vocational and professional education as its main aim is to train a worker for his group advancement and for the solution of group problems. The approach in workers’ education is psychological and philosophical. Lead a clean and healthy life based on a firm ethical foundations. and A responsible and alert citizen. financed and managed by the workers. vocational education. technical education. The institutions providing workers’ education are controlled. social education and training in trade unionism. rights and responsibilities. whereas vocational and professional education aims at individual advancement. It includes general education. • • • • • • Aims and Objects of Workers’ Education According to the National Commission on Labour.• Worker’s education is designed to create trade union consciousness in the workers besides making them good citizens and training them to understand their status. In workers’ education. loyalty and devotion towards trade union work so that the can intelligently participate in the affairs of his union. • • . Understand the basic economic and technical aspect of the industry and the plant where he is employed so that he can take an intelligent interest in its affairs. Understand the organisatoin and functioning of the union as well as develop qualities of leadership. the workers themselves form the curriculum and select their own teaches. It is based upon the idea of gaining more the more strength for the bargaining power of trade and producing workers who should behave as workers. workers’ educations should make a worker: • • • • A responsibly committed and disciplined operative. Aware of his rights and obligations.
To strengthen democratic process and traditions in the trade unions movement. availability of resources in men. • • • • • Contents of Worker’s Education The contents of workers’ education cannot be put in water-tight compartment as the cultural outlook. united and more responsible trade unions through more enlightened members and better trained officials. including rural workers. labour legislation. Training programmers will stem logically from the foregoing the workers’ place in society. tec. historical background.L. To develop among workers a greater understanding of the problems of their social and economic environment. neighborhoods.In the words of the Director-General of the I. their responsibilities towards family members and their rights and obligations as citizens. he must know what man represents and how he should behave in society. and To enable trade unions themselves to take over ultimately the function of workers’ educations. “The primary aim of workers” education is to enable the worker to put his finger on problems confronting him in his social group. to calculate a wage sheet.. To develop strong. The workers’ Education Review Committee in India has laid down the following objectives: • To equip all sections of workers. family. the need for trade unionism and its role. as workers in industry and as members and officials of their trade unions: To develop leadership from among the rank and file of workers themselves. knowledge of the undertaking and of economic principles.O. the study of his rights and duties. experience and teaching received”. to contribute effectively in meetings. he must understand both his position in the enterprise as well as the role of the enterprise itself within the general framework of national and economic development. for intelligent participation in social and economic development of the nations in accordance with its declared objectives. All of which will help to equip him to express and put to practical use the ideas. he must acquire a certain culture so that in his capacity of an individual he can locate his proper place within his own trade and milieu. workplace and nation. human relations without losing sight of a few basic essentials such as how to write a letter or a report. material and .
labour statistics. Relevant economic and social problems. registration. propaganda. indices of wages. technological training. With emphasis on trade union leadership. union management relations. workers’ education should also deal directly with areas like history the trade union movement. • • Teaching Techniques . educational and cooperative activities. social and labour legislation and practices concerting their legal rights and obligations. methods of collective bargaining. correspondence and other office work. implementation of laws and awards.money and stage of economic development differs from country to country. holding of meetings and writing of reports. Interunion relations. communication with members. It should include different types of education ranging from general education to trade union education covering vocational guidance. farming of constitution. Industrial Sociology. The broad contents should cover: • Organisation. structure. But in general the scope and contents of workers’ education should be determined according to the environment. negotiations with employers and the States. maintenance of accounts. recreational. recruitment of members. employment and union development. labor welfare and international labour problems. mutual insurance. accounts control and safeguard of the funds. aims and objective of trade unions and methods of achieving these. collection of dues. administration and methods of organisation of trade unions. planning for economic development. strikes and demonstrations. general and political funds. The content of workers’ education should be built around core subjects such as Industrial Economics (particularly organizational and financial aspects of industrial units). submission of returns. constitution. economics of employment and social security. provisions of social and labour legislation. productivity problems. elections of representatives. determination of wages. community services. labour administration and policy. adult. Labour Economies. and consumer prices. of research memoranda. such as grievance procedures. cultural. Union-State relations. trade union finance. Industrial and Social Psychology. delegation of authority. co-operative and Community Organisation. Philosophy. literacy and artistic studies and the manner of conducting conferences and seminars. welfare work of trade unions. fighting cases in labour courts.
etc. flannel graphs. arranging symposia. factories and multipurpose projects are important aspects of workers’ education. besides active and enthusiastic participation by the worker-teachers. role-playing. But for rapid industrial development. debates. less waste. pictorial charts. tests seminars. the educational system has also been responsible for this state of affairs. higher employee earning. Extension work may also form a part of the programme of workers’ educations. This training pre-supposes a sound basis of universal literacy. (ii) discussions on the topics/ issues involved. and trade union leaders. reduced . and majority of the workers suffered from low efficiency. the provision of training facilities for the workers is the great need of he hour. and properly designed training institutes. Bringing about any change in these is an uphill task. India had been suffering from acute shortage of skilled and trained workers for a number of occupations and industries. Educational visits and study tours of the trainees to union-offices. factors like social attitude towards industrial work. Needless to say that trained leads to higher efficiency and increased productivity. Worker’s Training Till recently. wall newspapers. Demonstration. Modern methods of teaching are adopted. radio and recording. flip card. and for this purpose a number of educational aids and devices are used – like films. flash cards. maps and diagrams. The success of the programme depends to a great extent on responsive cooperation from the unions and management. The workers may also be given practical training in the field.The workers’ education courses may be conducted in the campus itself. films strips. case studies and two-way communication methods are also encouraged. posters. differentials between he income of skilled and unskilled workers. and (iv) correspondence courses. direct and unambiguous language. (iii) arranging study groups. proper planning an utilization of trained personnel and utilization of trained personnel. Besides. The results of workers’ education programmes have not been very impressive and leaves a vast scope for its improvement. and the training and educational facilities available in the country. rank and file workers. which necessarily meant that the rate of skill formation ahs been low. special lectures. The techniques employed in imparting workers’ education are: (i) the general lectures. reduced supervision. delivered in simple.
G. training in chemical group of trades is provided at Bombay institute. the institutes at Kanpur. The Directorate General of Employment and Training has evolved various training programmes for the young persons. Craft instructors’ training The central training institutes train craft instructors required by the ITIs and the apprentice training establishments. Vocational Training Programme for Women Craftmen’s training To provide training to young men and women in the age-group 15-25. increased organizational stability and flexibility. National Trade Certificates are issued to the successful candidates.G. weaving and farm machines trade. Bombay and Ludhiana provide training in printing. Apprenticeship Training Schemes 6. heightened morale and vertical job mobility.E. and in hotel catering at the Hyderabad Institute.E. has set up Industrial Training (it is) all over the country.T. Part-time Training to Industrial Workers 7.accidents. the D. Advanced Vocational Training 4.T. For example. Foremen’s Training 5. aptitude tests have been introduced which are applied for the selection of craftsmen – Trainees in engineering trades and one year for non-engineering trades. To promote the efficiency of craftsmen trainees. Training Schemes of D. Craft Instructor Training 3. Craftsmen’s Training Programmes 2. Such programmes comprise: 1. Advanced vocational training system .
training of highly skilled workers and technicians are provided in a variety of advanced and sophisticated skills not available from other vocational training programmes. Foremen’s training For the training of foremen an institute was set up. employees are required to engage apprentices. Industrial workers.Under this system. . Briefly explain various schemes of workers’ training. For such apprentices. The quality of the training programme need to be increased a large extent. Apprenticeships training scheme Under the Apprentices Act. But. Vocational training programme for women The National Vocational Training Institute for Women provides instructor training. substantial training capacities have remained unutilized. 1961. the training programmes do not take into account local and regional needs. What is workers’ education? What are its objectives? 2. Review Question 1. Further. Training is provided to the existing and potential shop foremen and supervisors in theoretical and managerial skills and workers from industry in advances technical skills. Part-time training for industrial workers For industrial workers. possessing two years workshop experience in a particular trade and sponsored by their employers are eligible for admission to this course. training is provided in basic trades and on the job. part-time evening classes are organized to improve their standards of working. basic training and advanced training in selected trades particularly suitable for women. Explain the contents and teaching techniques of workers’ education? 3.
Quality Circles .UNIT –VI 12. Conflict Management 16. Industrial Health and Social Security 13. Employee Counselling 15. Employee Safety Programme 14.
but in its present connotation. Industrial health is comparatively an new system of public health and preventive medicine practiced among industrial groups with the specific object of improving their health and preventing the occurrence of disease as well as injury to them. industrial health may comprise measures for (i) protecting the workers/employees against any health hazards arising our of their work or the condition under which it si carried on. It is with the intention of reducing such hazards and improving the employee’s health that the discipline of industrial health has come into being as a branch of public health. According to one view. . A large segment of the adult male population and quite a number of adult females too. (in) fostering the adaptation of workers to the jobs and work environment and thus contributing towards the employees’ physical as well as mental adjustments. sulphur dioxide. When they are inhaled or absorbed by the skin which may result in acute or chronic sickness including respiratory or heart diseases. According to such a dynamic approach.Lesson 12 Industrial Health and Social Security The greatest activity over the past few decades. In the traditional sense. health is “the outcome of the interaction between the individual and his environment”. the normal health hazards may be caused by• Chemical substances at the work place such as carbon monoxide. spend a considerable portion of their working time today in an industrial setting where they are employed. work performance and productivity. Industry exposes the employee to certain hazards the may affect his health adversely. Obviously employees in the modern industrial setting are subject to various types of health hazards and occupational diseases. carbon dioxide. health implies “the mere absence of an ascertainable disease or infirmity”. cancer and neurological disorders they may shorten life expectancy. and (iii) promoting the establishment and maintenance of the highest possible degree of physical mental and social well-being of the workers. sulphuric acid. acetic acid etc. The introduction of industrial organisation may contribute effectively to a positive reduction in employee absenteeism and turnover as well as discontent and indiscipline among the employees and thus may improve their morale. has occurred in the areas of health and social security. in so far as employees benefits are concerned.
In these circumstances it is obligatory on the part of industrial establishment and the government to help these workers and provide them security or what we call social security. various occupational diseases may also be caused as a result of the physical conditions and the presence of poisonous and non-poisonous dust and toxic substances in the atmosphere during the process of manufacturing or extraction. or on account of financial sickness or not soefficient condition of business. vibrations and shocks or atmospheric conditions such as inadequate ventilation. These may incapacitate a worker temporarily or permanently and lead to unemployment causing financial misery and other consequences. anthrax silicosis. old age and other contingencies. In industrial undertakings. Besides such health hazards. toxic anemia. anxiety etc. dermatitis due to action of mineral oil. a list of such diseases are appended to sections 89 and 90 of the Factories Act. Social Security Broadly speaking. Thus linked with problems of employees safety and industrial health of workers is the question of provision of security to them by the society or the government. dietary deficiencies. old age. asbestosis. workers do not have financial resources to cope up with these problems or alternative means of livelihood. In India. and Environmental factors including illness due to radiation. phosphorous poisoning. vibration and shocks may cause nerve injury and inflammation of tissues of he joints of the operative’s hands and improper lighting may impair the employee’s vision. Each diseases are usually slow to develop and generally cumulative in their effects. allergies. primarily cancers of skin. industrial accidents or disability. 1923 which includes lead poisoning. • While exposure of workers to radiation may cause cataract. emotional strains due to fear. . chorome ulceration. lighting arrangement or very high or low temperature at the work place. sickness. it has been pointed out that many manufacturing processes are accompanied by such noise as is capable of not only impairing the hearing of a workers but also of making it difficult for him to hear any warning of an impending danger. noise.• Biological factors including sickness caused by bacteria. Ordinarily. fungi. begassoise etc. workers are often subject to periodic unemployment due to sickness. 1948 as well as the Workmen’s Compensation Act. Such diseases are usually slow to develop and generally cumulative in their effects. industrial accidents. arsenic poisoning. viruses. financial and social insecurity means inability or lack of capacity of a person or individual to protect himself from the risks of unemployment.
90. plantations. 1923. construction works and certain other hazardous occupations. 1923 Workmen’s Compensation Act.14. injuries. Workmen’s compensation act. accident and some occupational diseases arising our of and in the course of employment and resulting in disablement and death. unemployment. Social Security Programmes in India In pre-independence period. The rate of compensation ranges from Rs.000 in case of death and from Rs. sickness. 20. The act provided for payment of compensation to workmen and their dependents in case of injury. does not apply to workmen who are covered by the Employees State Insurance Act. industrial accidents.000 to Rs. a beginning was made in social security with the passing of the Workmen’s Compensation Act. 1. 1948. became effective from July 1. Some important acts and schemes in this context are discussed below. . Social security programmes include – • • • • • • • Medicare and insurance benefits Medical help at the time of injury and accident and provision financial compensation and relief. 1924.000 in case of permanent disablement depending on wages of workmen. 24. disablement. After independence. mines. the rate of compensation is 50 per cent of the wages of workmen and is to be paid for a maximum period of 5 years. passed by the Government of India in 1923. In case of partial disablements.000 to Rs.Social security is a system of protection or support provided by the society or government to workers and their families in time of sudden calamity. The act. ole age or other contingencies. Pension in case of disablement Unemployment insurance or allowance Maternity benefits Death payments and family pension Retirement benefits or old age relief etc. the government of India has enacted a number of laws and has introduced and implemented many schemes to provide social security to industrial workers. however. The act is applicable to railway men and persons working in factories. mechanically propelled vehicles.
25 per cent of their total wage bill towards the fund. There is no wage limit for coverage under the Act. The Act provides for medical care in kind and cash. For the purpose. The Maternity Benefit Act. Full Medicare and hospitalization is also being progressively made to members of family of he injured persons. hotels. benefits in the contingency of sickness. The Act covers female works in mines. plantations. The act entitles the female workers to get about 3 months or 12 weeks maternity leave with full wages. The act aims at providing compulsory and contributory health insurance coverage to workers. shops. The scheme which was originally framed to cover perennial i. 1948 is the most important comprehensive scheme for providing social security benefits. hotels. restaurants. 1952 provides retirements benefits such as provident fund. cinemas. Employees have to contribute compulsorily a nominal sum. Now. circus industry. 1948. Presently employers are required to contribute 1. 1600 per month.e. the government has set ups employees’ State Insurance fund administered by an autonomous Employees’ State Insurance Corporation. 1948 (ESI scheme) The Employee State Insurance Act. a small percentage of the wages towards this insurance coverage. The scheme covers about 62 lakhs employees. 1961 passed by Central Government regulates employment of women in certain establishments for certain period before and after child birth and provides for maternity and other benefits. restaurants and shops and establishments employing ten or more persons. It covers employees drawing wages upto Rs. 3500 per month and is applicable to about 175 industries or . non-seasonal factories using power and employing 20 or more persons has been gradually extended to smaller factories. family pension and deposit-linked insurance. 1961 The Government of Mumbai was the first one which passed Maternity Benefits Act in 1929. Finances for the fund come from the contribution from employers and employees and government grants. However this act is not applicable to those female workers who are covered by Employees State Insurance Act. There is a network of hospitals.Maternity benefit act. Employees state insurance act. employing 20 or more persons. annexes and dispensaries established at important industrial centers throughout the country to provide medical care and other facilities to workers. factories. maternity employment injury and pension for dependents on the death of the worker because of employment injury. Employment provided fund The Employment Provident Fund and Miscellaneous Provision Act. This act covers establishments employing 20 or more persons and is restricted to those drawing wages up to Rs. etc. such laws are in force in almost every state of the country.
The maximum amount to be paid is restricted to Rs. The minimum rate of contribution under the act presently is 8. 1976 as amended in 1990 Under this scheme. the person entitled to received his accumulated provident fund gets an additional insurance amount equal to average balance in PF account of the deceased during the preceding twelve months provided that such average balance was not less than Rs. 1972 . 25. Family pension scheme This scheme was introduced in 1971. Family pension ranges from Rs. The amount was restricted to the sum equal to the amount of PF balance falling short of Rs.000 and the employees are not required to make any contribution to it. Under the act. 1500 per month at the time of death.classes of establishments. Death relief A Death Relief Fund was established under the Employee Provident Fund Scheme in 1964 to provide financial assistance to nominees or heirs of deceased members of unexempted establishments getting maximum salary of Rs.33 per cent. 110 to Rs. Presently family pensioners are also entitled to assurance benefits of Rs. in case of death of an employee. It is made out of the Employees Provident Fund to which the government makes additional contribution for the purpose. 9000 to Rs. The amount of provident fund held in employee’s name along with interest is paid to him at the time or his retirement. However in respect of 98 industries or classes of establishment employing 50 or more persons. 225 to Rs. 2000. 400 (for one years membership) and from Rs. The employers have to make a matching contribution. 500 during the said period. 19825 (for 40 years membership) depending upon the pay range of the members and length of his membership. this contribution is deducted from the wages of employees and deposited in the Fund set up for the purpose. it has been enhanced to 10 per cent. Employees deposit-linked insurance schemes. It provides long-term financial security to families of industrial workers in case of their premature death. Retirement-cum-withdrawal benefit A member is entitled to withdrawal benefit on retirement or superannuation at the rates ranging between Rs. 750 per month depending on the period of membership. Payment of gratuity act. 500 to meet immediate expenses.
plantations. 2500 per month. An important implication for the personnel department is that it should provide adequate the reasonable financial and security benefits and facilities. lower the cost of worker’s compensation by persuading the management to provide a safe working environment. health. security and welfare of the workers engaged in the organisation. In such case of seasonal establishments gratuity is payable at the rate of seven days’ wages for each season. It should also comply with various legal rules and regulation honestly and faithfully. They can help in reducing accidents and thus. This can be done by organizing training courses. companies. The act provides for payment of gratuity at the rate of 15 days wages for each complete year of service subject to a maximum of Rs.This Act is applicable to factories. and their rights concerning compensation payable to them in case of accidents and injuries and about the provisions of various social security measure in force for their welfare. The act covers employees receiven wages upto Rs. shops etc. 50. rules and regulation. ports.000. automobiles undertakings. oil-fields. The first thing they can do is to make employees aware of the safety measures. railways. mines. . Personnel departments can play an important role in ensuring safety.
Lesson 13 Employee Safety Programme A safe hygienic work environment is the basic and common requirement of every employee irrespective of his position or status in the organisatoin. And it is the moral as well as legal responsibility of every employer to provide a workplace to its employees which is not hazardous to their physical or mental health. Human engineering or ergonomics which the study of work and of work methods can help the organizations in protecting their employees against the dangers of accidents and industrial diseases. Very minor accidents may create major industrial disputes. Therefore, designing and operations of man, machine environment scientifically will ensure mental and physical rest to the human beings. Scientific management, therefore, is a necessity for the organizations at it will strengthen industrial relations and will enhance job satisfaction. Employees Safety and Industrial Accidents No industrial organisation can take the subject of employee safety in a casual manner because frequent industrial accidents will result in decreased production and monetary loss due to adoption of compensatory measures imposed by law. All industrial accidents can hardly be ascribed to chance factor though such a possibility cannot be ruled out completely in every accident. Sometimes it is situational factor and on other there are individual factors which are responsible for accidents. An industrial accident may be an event which takes place without foresight or expectation and results in some personal injury or damage to property. Factories Act, 1948 defines accident as “an occurrence in an industrial establishment causing bodily injury to a person which makes him unfit to resume his duties in the next 48 hours”. To be considered as an accident it must take place in the course of employment in an industrial establishment. Causes of industrial accidents Nature and causes of accidents broadly vary form organisation to organisation. Basically industrial accidents will arise either due to technical faults or due to human follies or errors. Therefore, the causes of accidents may be attributed to work related causes and worker related causes.
Work-related causes: Unsafe working conditions are the prime cause for any industrial accident and these include all engineering deficiencies. These mainly include improper lighting, inadequate safety devices, polluted work place, poor machine guarding, and unsafe and careless housekeeping. These factors will
create psychological and physical problems for the worker and will invite industrial accident.
Worker-related causes: These are human factors responsible for accidents due to their unsafe acts. Lack of adequate skill or knowledge in handling the machine, disturbed mental condition, neglecting safety device and instruction, using unsafe machine, working at unsafe speed are some of the causes due to which workers become victims of industrial accidents.
Machinery for Preventing Industrial Accidents Employees’ pressure for higher production, efficiency and profits can result in unsafe working conditions and work behaviour. Accidents always do not take place by chance. Obviously the first step for the accident prevention machinery will be to isolate such situational factors which may lead to accidents. In addition to it, the organizations should have strong voluntary machinery for the prevention of accidents and should follow strictly the guidelines issued by Government. The machinery for prevention of industrial accidents can be studied under two heads – voluntary machinery and regulatory machinery. Voluntary machinery As the name suggests, these measures include the ways implemented by the management voluntarily and not imposed by the law. Here management will have to be cautious from the very selection of the employees. Today various psychological tests are available to test the ability and suitability of the individual for a particular job. Organisatoins may develop their own safety programmes and enjoyed safety officers. Safety training should be provided to the workers on regular intervals. Further to generate the interest of workers in safety programme, they should be involved in them. There should be proper record of the accidents which took place in the past so that management is able to concentrate on accident prone areas. Employees should be motivated to develop safety behaviour and follow safety rules. If the voluntary machinery for the prevention of industrial accidents is strong enough, the management perhaps may not require to follow statutory laws. Regulatory machinery International Labour Organisation (I.L.O.) is the body which is working for employees’ safety, health and welfare since long. The latest effort in this direction was the Occupational Safety and Health Convention, No. 155, adopted in 1981. Government of India also took initiative in enacting protective provision in its various legislations.
Workmen’s Compensation Act 1923, Factories Act, 1948. The employees State Insurance Act, 1948 and Personal Injuries (Compensation Insurance) Act., 1963 are the main legislations passed by the Union Government which deal with occupational safety provisions in the industrial organizations. Whereas the Factories Act prescribes measures for avoidance of industrial accidents, the rest of the three prescribed the liability of employer to pay compensation to the workers for the injuries caused by industrial accidents. The details of a few of these acts and schemes are given later in this Chapter Sec. 21 to 38 of Factories Act provide for safety provisions in the industrial organisatoin. The act provides for fencing of machinery, recruitment of trained and adult male workers, minimum distance to be maintained form self acting machine, prohibition of women and children from working on moving machines and specific provisions for protection of eyes against glare, dangerous fumes, explosive dust, gas tec. In addition to these, State Governments are empowered to supplement the provisions to further strengthen the safety of industrial workers. The Mines Act 1952 contains rules and regulations for providing safety, health and welfare or works employed in mines. These rules are enforced by the Directorate General of Mines Safety whose main functions included inspection of mines, investigation of all fatal accidents and certain serous accidents depending upon their gravity, grant of statutory permission, exemptions and relaxation in respect of various mining operations, approval to mines safety equipment, appliances and material etc. As industrial safety is both an end and a means, therefore, adequate measures should be taken by the employees to provide safe and secure work-place to the workers. Companies of Safety Service Among the many components of a safety service the following have proved effective when applied in combination: Appointment of safety officer In big organizations, the appointment of a safety officer to head the safety departments is a ‘must’. In small organizations, the personnel manager may look after the functions of this department. The head of the safety department, who is usually a staff man, is granted power to inspect the plant for unsafe condition, to promote sound safety practices (through posters and safety campaigns), to make safety rules, and to report violations to the plant manager. His functions also include analyzing the causes of accidents, maintaining accident statistics and records, purchasing safety equipments, and so on. In some organizations, the relationship between the head of the safety departments and the line manager may be functional, that is, the head has the authority to issue and enforce orders in his functional field of safety.
His appointment lulls line management into assuming that all its safety problems have been solved. He should then suggest changers in their motion patterns. • • • • . These qualifications may be later incorporate in the job specifications. Personal protective equipment: Endless variety of personal safety equipment is available nowadays which can be sued to prevent injury. on housekeeping inspections and investigations of accidents.Support by line management The head of the safety department. sequence and the like. It is said that safety is essentially a line problem. Elimination of hazards Although complete elimination of all hazards is virtually an impossibility but following steps ca be taken to help reduce them: • Job safety analysis: All job procedures and practices should be analyzed by an expert to discover hazards. On the basis of job safety analysis the expert should also determine any special qualifications needed by an individual to perform the job. One sure way to win line people’s support is to encourage them to participate on safety committees. whether enjoying a staff or a functional position. he may discover that a particular reach over a machine could easily result in a loss of balance and injury or he may discover that a corner of a fixture is sharp enough to cut the hands of the worker. the careless handling of heavy and inflammable materials is an important source of several injuries and fire. For example. Employees should be placed on jobs only after carefully estimating and considering the job requirements with those which the individual apparently possesses. cannot make a plant safe. enforcement of standards and working through groups. Safeguarding Machinery: Guards must be securely fixed to all power driven machinery. Material handling: Though often ignored. Placement: a poorly placed employee is more apt to incur injury that a properly place employee. Like all other line management problems it also involves questions of motivation. This highlights the importance of making safety a line responsibility. by himself.
aisles. Falls: Another major source of industrial injury is tripping over subjects. machinery guards and attachments. suggestion awards. This should refer to the hazards generally prevent in the company as well as the specific hazards associated with individuals jobs. poor work methods and disregard of safety rules) is a very effective device to promote safety. close supervision and instruction should be given to the employees on the proper tool to use and the proper use of the tool. Housekeeping: Good housekeeping does not include only tidy and clean floors and machines. education and publicity Safety training is concerned with developing safety skills. old and out-of-date fire fighting equipment also contribute to serious hazards. Therefore. unguarded machines. protection of radiators by grills can do much to reduce accidents. Publicity in the form of contest programmes. and various audio-visual aids can be considered as a form of employee education. Safety training programmes should be derived from an analysis of training needs. Safety inspections can take any one of the following four forms: . Maintenance: Worn-out machinery. doorways and passageways. Piles may not be properly constructed and may subsequently collapse. • • • • Safety training. adequate fire escapes.• Hand tools: Minor injuries often result from improperly using a good tool or using a poorly designed tool. Periodic inspection can help prevent many accidents stemming directly from these causes. Specific hazards can be covered at the time of job training. Safety inspections An inspection by a trained individual or a committee to detect evidence of possible safety hazards (such as poor lighting. Many dangers lurk in stacking and storing. provision for non-skid floor. and storage space. faulty electrical installations. Layout and design: A good plant layout and design can go long way in preventing accidents. Training to deal with the general hazards can be given at the time of induction. dusty lights and dirty reflectors which reduce the effectiveness of lighting can also result in employee injury. construction of fireproof walls. They often give employee a false sense of security and protection. safety companies. location of hazardous items above employee reach. slipping on floors and falling on to another level. whereas safety education is concerned with increasing the employees’ knowledge about accident prevention. other items such as dirty windows. slippery floors.
Causes Action Recommended Date………………. We give below a sample form that can be used for this purpose. or the safety advisor. An example for the form to be used for this purpose is given below: Supervisor……………… Date…………………. Audit area or Department………… Check Points Symptoms Inspected by………………….. management.. such as the inadequate use of protective clothing. C Random inspection form • Daily checks: Supervisors can be required to make daily checks of safety points in the departments under their control which should list the problem conditions and indicate the action to be taken either by the supervisor himself. Here the inspector may simply enumerate the unsafe acts or conditions observed by him. An example of the form that can be used for this purpose is given below: Inspection carried out by Date…………………. B Dept. A Number of Observation Dept. Responsibility for Action Date for Completion The safety audit form • Random spot check: Spot checks can be made in each area or department on a random sample basis or to cover special problems. Unsafe Act or Condition Dept. Deptt…………………… .• Periodical safety audit: Here checklists are prepared of the points to be covered and an inspection programme is planned to deal with them at regular intervals.
Name of injured………………………. An example of a simple investigation report is shown below: Department…………………. Date & Time of return to work…………………… Where and how die the accident occur? . pipelines. pressure vessels... of boilers. Date & Time of injury…………………………. lifts. Investigation of accidents By determining the reasons for an accident. Investigation of an accident usually involves the following steps: • • • • • • Define the problem or nature of accident Collect all relevant facts Determine the cause of the accident Develop several alternatives to prevent recurrence Select and implement the most effective alternative Suggest disciplinary action against the employee whose actions were formed deliberately unsafe or negligent. hoists etc.Item Condition Immediate action taken Future action proposed Daily check form • Regular inspection: This may be carried out when required by legislation or by insurance companies. dangerous processes. appropriate action can be taken to prevent similar future occurrences.
Too important measures of safety widely recognized and used in business are as follows: • Frequency Rates: This is expressed as the number of lost-time accidents per million man-hours worked. both for the company as a whole and for each line departments. The formula to calculate this rate is: Date………………. on a quarterly basis. The formula for this is: New Techniques in Account Prevention Three new techniques of accident prevention which have recently been developed in industrially advanced courtiers of the West are: • • Damage control.. • Security Rate: This expressed as the number of days lost due to accidents per million man-hours worked. A lost-time accident is one which makes an employee unable to work on one or more days following the accident. These rates can be computed periodically. say. Human engineering or ergonomics and .Names of injury---------------------------------------------------------------------------------Names of witnesses----------------------------------------------------------------------------Classification of accident: Type of accident Location of accident Severity of injury Measures taken and proposed to avoid repetition Signature……………………… Measurement of safety Various rates and ratios can be computed to indicate to employees and management the progress the safety departments is making in its job.
At stage two. people are involved. But as it is near-miss. postulates that before a given set of circumstances can lead to a lost-time accident. the near-miss becomes a hit a plant and equipment are damaged. established that adequate number of sign and indications would be available to those who can keep their eyes open and mind watchful and a documentation of these indicators would help exercise a better control over the situations and factors leading to damage. It concentrates attention on injury potential at the pre-injury stage. One should note that it is not the same as conventional accident control. Industrial Accidents Prevention. At stage four. At stage three. here would be 29 accidents involving minor injuries and 300 near-accidents involving no injury caused by the same set of circumstances. the injuries received prove fatal. the accident potential is realized and dangerous incidents do in fact occur. However. no injury is recorded. this theory does not go so far as to accurately predict when the lost-time injury would occur. This is damage control. the injuries caused by an accident are serious enough to keep the worker away for more than three days. Their study concludes hat every accident is preceded by a series of minor injuries and incidents which can be said to occur in the following six steps: • At stage one. At stage five. there is no injury and no damage to plant or equipment.• Systems safety Damage control Heinrich in his book. Unsafe acts may occur due to inefficient supervison. therefore. the situation has an accident potential only. There ay be something unsafe in the working environment or wrong attitude to safety in a certain department. Lukens Steel of the United States have conducted systematic research to evolve a method that would predict accurately when the lost-time injury would occur. Therefore. But people are not involved. • • • • • Likens Steels experts have. Human engineering or ergonomics . At stage six. The accident causes minor injuries to people as well as possible damage to plant and equipment.
Accidents occur when any one part of the system fails or malfunctions. Bring out the importance of industrial health and safety.Ergonomics is the science that deals with many-sided problems of how to fit a job to man’s anatomical. An equipment designed on the principles of human engineering is far less likely to be a source of accident than one designed without such considerations. Review Question 1. Thus ergonomics is the application of knowledge of human capabilities and limitations to the design of plant and equipment. . physiological and psychological characteristic to enhance human efficiency and well-being. Certainly if the entire industrial system were under complete control. no accident would result. Systems safety A system is an orderly arrangement of components which are interrelated and which act and interact to perform some task or function in a particular environment. What are the major sources of health hazards and other types of insecurity of industrial employees? 3. 2. The systems approach gives rise to use of advanced quantitative techniques and computers. All the components of a system are complementary to each other. What types of health and safety programmes are generally provided to employees in modern industrial organisation.
personal and emotional or adjustment problems that usually has emotional contents that an employee with the objective of reducing it so that performance is maintained at adequate level or even improved upon. morale and increase absenteeism. It takes place in the . • • • Supervisor’s counselling with his subordinates periodically. Informal counselling is done in the natural course of human relations among individuals who have mutual confidence and respect for each other judgments. Objective of Counselling The general objective of the manager in counselling sub-ordinates is to help the individual remain effective in his job and performance of his duties in the organisatoin. Counselling is a method of understanding and helping people who have technical. The problems may reduce their productivity.Lesson 14 Employee Counselling Emotions are part of the nature of human beings and emotional upsets are part of their life. Formal counselling implies the direct intention of the management to structure a counselling relationship between the employee and his supervisor or sometimes a counselling specialist with adequate professional training. The emotional problems affect the interest of the employees himself and the organisatoin in which he is working for. Forms of Counselling Counselling may be formal or informal. It is sometimes more disastrous to suppress emotions. Professional counselling within the organisation by staff members of personnel department. The instrument with which the managers can achieve such balance is called counselling. Such counselling on a systematic and planned basis may take place at three levels. Hence the managers should take steps to maintain a reasonable emotional balance of their employees and channelize their emotions on the constructive lines. and Counselling by psychiatrists from inside or outside the organisation. The man purpose of counselling in industry is to help employees in overcoming their neurotic or emotionally based illness that accounts for a substantial part of employee absenteeism and turnover.
It is defined as mutual discussion of an employee’s emotional problem to set up conditions and plans of actions that will remedy it.normal work situation without any predetermined schedule and is considered as a part of he routine duty of a manager. Counselling Process The counselling process. the subordinates does not know or realize that counselling is taking place. the nondirective counselling goes to the underlining cause. The nondirective counselor deals with respect the person so affected. Techniques of Counselling On the basis of techniques counselling could be • • • Directive Counselling Non-directive Counselling Cooperative Counselling Directive Counselling centre around the counselor. as people do not wish to take up advice normally. Nondirective Counselling is the process of skillfully listening the emotional problems of an employee. the best among the three forms. no matter how good it might be. The counselor. decides what should be done and give advice and suggestion to him to resolve the problem. It is thus suggested that nondirective to counselling is. Among the three from of counselling. This form of counselling appears to be more suitable to managerial attitude and temperament in our country. after hearing the problems of an employee. He takes the person as best to solve his own problems and he facilitates the person to reach his goal. The main stress is to ‘change’ the person instead of dealing with his immediate problem only. normally consists of the following stages: . the real crisis that leads the employee to understand his problem. Quit often. Professional counselors usually adopt this method of ounselling. the advice offered in directive counseling considers the surface crises. understand him and determine the course of action to be adopted to resolve his problem. It focuses on the counselee hence it is called ‘client centred’ ounselling. probably. The unique advantage of this type of counselling is its ability to cause the employees reorientation. Cooperative Counselling is the process in which both the councellor and client mutually cooperate to solve the problems of the client. But directive counselling seldom succeeds. It is not either wholly client centred nor wholly counselor centred but it is centred both councellor and client equally.
Initiating This involves developing mutual understanding openness and acceptance between counselor and counseled. This rapport building is essential to initiate the counselling. Exploration This involved understanding with the help of the counselling, the counsellee’s own situation, his feelings, his strengths and weakness, his problems and needs. The councellor allows the counselee to talk about anything even apparently unrelated to the issue. It is important for the counselor to achieve a free flow of expression-often through rumblings – of the employee. The counselor will need an alert and receptive mind for this. The councellor, however, see to it that the councellor eventually concentrates his thoughts on his problem rather than stray away from it. The counselor has to help the counselee in concentrating more on the problem and getting deeper into it and to discover the basic problems by himself. Formulation of action plan This involved exploring possible solutions and formulating action plan for implementing them to make the counselee the normal person. Counselling and Industrial Relations When employee are affected by job related and personal problems that very much affect the organizational welfare besides their own. Hence, if he problems are not identified in the initial stages itself and solved, they may assume a serious proportion and ultimately affect the employee and organisation resulting in poor industrial relations. Hence the organisatoins should take these problem seriously and solve them. If the problems are relating to technical or job related, the line manager knows well from his experience how and what changes he may suggest that may help restoration of employee’s effective performance. Concerning career problems the supervisors may refer such cases to the personnel specialists within the organisation. Again, it is the line supervisors who must create confidence on the minds of their subordinates that they can solve even the personal problems of their employees. The supervisors should also be aware of that personal and job related problems are largely inseparable and the employee brings his total personality to his work and hence the organizations should also help their employees to solve their personal problems to the extent possible through counselling. Having understood the importance of counselling as a tool of solving the various problems of the employees and help them the maintain/ improve concentration in their
work performance, now many organizations start adopting conselling practices and procedure to maintain better industrial relations.
Review Questions 1. What is counselling? Bring out its importance. 2. Explain the forms and techniques of employee counselling in industry. 3. Describe the process of counselling.
Lesson 15 Conflict Management Conflict is a basic fact of life in groups and organizations. Organizations contain people with divergent personalities, perceptions, goals, ideas, values and behaviours. Hence, conflict is an inevitable feature of organizations. Chung and Megginson describes conflict as the struggle between incompatible or opposing needs, wishes, ideas, interests or people. More specifically, “conflict is a process in which an effort is purposefully made by one person or unit to block another that results in frustrating the attainment of the other’s goals or the furthering of his or her interests”. Conflict is a naturally occurring phenomenon; inevitable; inherent in any system; not always bad and in fact an optimum level of conflict energizes the system. Fosters creativity and innovation, and acts as a catharsis. At the same time if conflict is allowed to develop beyond control, it could tend to become destructive, resulting in such aversive consequences such as strikes, sabotage and other dysfunctional behaviours. The effective manager must understand the nature of conflict that is beneficial to the organisation and conflict that is not. He must deal with conflict in ways that promote both individual and organizational goals. The management of conflict is an essential prerequisite to sound human relations. Features • • • • • • Conflict occurs when two or more parties pursue mutually exclusive goals, values or events. Conflict arises out of differing perceptions. Conflict refers to deliberate behaviour. Conflict can exist either at the latent or overt level In conflict one side sees on opportunity to interfere with the others opportunity to acquire resources or perform activities. Conflict is not an organizational abnormality but a normal aspect of social intercourse.
Level of Conflict
As the level of conflict tends to go beyond the optimum level the manager must act to resolve the conflict in a manner that will be beneficial to the organisation. felt conflict. Factors such as competition for scarce resources. Managers have to monitor the level of conflict in the system and if there is too little or no conflict at all. manifest conflict and conflict aftermath. the managers may even have to induce some level of conflict to energize the system.Low level of conflict creates conditions of inertia and boredom in the system and excessive conflict results in destruction and dysfunctional tendencies. competition for positions in the organisation exist which could become conflicts. Perceived conflict . Latent Conflict Each episode of conflict starts with a ‘latent conflict’ but the actual conflict has not emerged. LEVEL OF CONFLICT Optimum Level High Level Low Level Stages of Conflict Episode CONFLICT AFTER MATH LATENT CONFLICT PERCEIVED CONFLICT FELT CONFLICT MANIFEST CONFLICT CONFLICT RESOLUTION The above model presents conflict as a series of stages namely latent conflict. perceived conflict.
all of which reduce organization’s effectiveness. it is called conflict resolution.This conflicts results in due to the parties misunderstanding of each other true position. Conflict resolution When conflict is resolved in some form. Types of conflicts Conflicts may take following forms: CONFLICT Individual Conflict Group Conflict Organizational Conflict Interindividual conflict Intraindividual conflict Interorganizati onal conflict Intraorganiza tional conflict Intergroup conflict Intergroup conflict . it can lead to more enduring relationship between parties. Manifest conflict This is the stage for open confrontation. Conflict aftermath The aftermath of conflict may be either positive or negative for the organisation depending on how the conflict is resolved. Felt conflict When the conflict makes one tense or anxious. If the conflict is genuinely resolved. the latent of conflict may be aggravated and explode in more violent and serious forms. One party perceives the other to be likely to thwart or frustrate his goals. It takes the form of conflictual behaviour including aggression. the conflict is a felt conflict because the difference are personalized or internalized. sabotage. if the conflict is merely suppressed but not resolved. apathy etc. This is called ‘conflict aftermath’.
resulting in poor performance. An individual confronting with role conflict will experience psychological stress leading to emotional problems. Intra-individual conflict Intra-individual conflict is internal to the person and probably the most difficult type of conflict to analyze. conflict arising due to divergent goals or conflict arising from out of multiple roles to be played. • Approach-approach conflict: A person wants tow positive situations but can have only one. intra-personal conflict can be related to two things.Individual conflict Inter-individual conflict Inter-individual or inter-personal conflict involves two or more individuals who hold polarized points of view. clashes of values and interests. The most common reasons for inter-personal conflicts are personality differences. It exits when the expectations of a job are mutually different or opposite and the individual cannot meet one expectation without rejecting the other. Goal conflict occurs when a goal that an individual is attempting to achieve has both positive and negative features. • • Role conflict is the result of divergent role expectations. perceptions. Approach-avoidance conflict: In this form of goal conflict the person attempts to achieve a goal that has both positive and negative aspects but wants to avail of positive and negative. and competing for scare resources. Avoidance-avoidance conflict: This type of conflict can be resolved because a person faced two negative goals and he may not choose either of them and may simply leave the situation. Basically. Group conflict Inter-group conflict . Generally three separate types of goal conflicts are indentified.
differences in values or perception etc. differences in interest. resource allocation. in organisation. Dominance through position Quiet often managers use positional authority to fire a lower ranking subordinate they consider to be a trouble-maker. with rare exception. The sources of intergroup conflict are incompatible goals. Individuals. Organizational conflict Inter-organizational conflict The bases to inter-organizational conflicts are essentially the same as the bases on interoup conflict. Following are some of the techniques employed to resolve conflict. The reasons for vertical conflicts are inadequate communication. The groups differ in goals. It occurs usually in superior-subordinate relations. • • Conflict Management Conflict has to be resolved as soon as the optimum level is crossed and before dysfunctional consequences start occurring. Intra-organizational conflict Intra-organisational conflict are mainly three kinds: • Horizontal conflict: It refers to conflict between employees of departments a the same hierarchical level in an organization. Line and staff conflict: It refers to conflict between line managers and staff specialists. Intra-group conflict Intra-group conflict is essentially same as the bases of inter-individual conflict.Every group is in atleast partial conflict with every other group it interacts with. task interdependence. recognize and accept the authority of their superiors as an acceptable way or resolving . Vertical conflict: If refers to any conflict between different hierarchical levels in an organisation. perception and attitudes between position holders occupying different levels. The types of inter-organizational conflict are between management and government. management and management. union and government etc. power and prestige. work activities. competitive incentive and reward system.
the abide by them. If the concern for he self is very high. When the concern for ‘self’ is very low they could be very unassertive. an arbitrator can be appoint who can use this expertise and persuasion to achieve coordination and get people together. they could be very assertive. Appeals procedures The people in disagreements may appeal to higher authority to help them to arrive at a solution by resolving the problem satisfactorily. accommodating. he will collaborate. If he has high concern for other but low concern for himself. collaborating and compromising to resolve conflicts. . If their concern for the other is low. If two parties experience conflicts. each one could be more concerned above their own self or could be more concerned for the other. In a conflicting situation: • • • • If an individual’s concern for self and others is low. Departments may be provided with resources that are independent of those provided for other departments. he will avoid the conflict.conflicts. he will accommodate. If the concern for the other it high. Reduce interdependence On way to resolve conflict is to reduce interdependences. If he has high concern for himself and for others. Although they may not be in agreement with these decisions. Liaison groups To arbit differences between two warring factions. avoiding. they would tend to the non-cooperative. If he has high concern for himself and low condern for others he will compete. they could be co-operative. Conflict Resolution Model Thompson suggested five styles such as competiting.
Review Questions 1. How to manage conflicts in an organisatoin? .• If he has medium level of concern for both himself and the other. What do you understand by ‘conflicts’? What are the types of conflicts? 2. Explain ‘conflicts episode’. he will go for compromise. 3. Concern for others High ACCOMMODATE COLLABORATE COMPROMISE AVOID Low Low COMPETE All the five styles have its own advantage and disadvantages and a suitable style depends upon both the nature of the individual and the situational factors.
recognition etc. It was natural for this group orientation to be expressed in Quality-Control (QC) circles in Japanese industry. and solve quality and related problems in their area of responsibility.S. problem solving interpersonal and conflict resolution To utilize individual imaginative. Techniques used for Discussion in Quality Circles . analyses and solve problems of their work field”. The Japanese end to do things in groups. A quality circle has been defined as a “self-governing group of workers with or without their supervisors who voluntarily meet regularly to identify. Now groups are trained in communication and problem solving skills and quality/ measurement strategies and techniques. companies now make use of them. with a view to motivate them To improve various supervisory skills like leadership. creating and developing work interest.Lesson 16 Quality Circles In Japanese culture. A group participation proves. Several thousand. to place to high value on group membership. and control charts to frame a recommendation that can be presented to management. quality circle “typically are small groups of volunteers form the same work areas who meet regularly to identify. Objective of Quality Circles • • • • • To develop enhance and utilize human resources effectively. When American companies began to look to the Japanese for ways to compete in work markets. To improve quality of products/ services. include problem solving techniques etc. creative and innovative skills through participation. Members of a group choose a particular problem to study. U. gather data. the group plays a dominate role. analyze. the most visible and transferable technique seemed to be Q-C groups. productivity and reduce cost of production per unit of output To satisfy the workers psychological needs for self-urge participation. and to strive to be as cohesive as possible.
Quality Circle Process Size of the each Q-C select the problem from the operational problems suggested by management or by the members of the Q-C. These techniques will work effectively in attaining the objectives only when the organizational structure of Q-C is sound and systematic. cost benefit analysis and merits and demerits of each solution. members of the quality circle observe the events and their consequences in the form of positive or negative results. Cause and effect Under this technique members are asked to find out the causes for the identified problem.Brain-storming process Under this technique complete free environment is created with a view to stimulate creativity and the employees can come out with as many ideas as possible. They identify the causes and their effects. If the solution is accepted it is implemented. All members to be encouraged to clarify and build on each others ideas. They chart out all their observation either in sequence or in some other relationship which gives clear ideal of the problem. Management reviews the solutions and may or may not accept the solution offered by the Q-C members. Later these ideas will be screened and best ideas will be chosen. their effect and consequences on organisation and members. Sampling and charting methods Under this technique. The next stage is that members select the best solution from among the alternative solutions. Then the members develop alternative solution. . After selecting the problem the members analyze it by using the various problem solving techniques. Making Q-C Process Effective The following factors should be recognized and practiced to make Q-C process of effective: • • All members should accept that there is more than one way to solve a problem successfully.
managements have to change their age-old attitudes. The task before India is to recreate the culture in which a sense of belonging to the organisation is generated among all employees. most of the quality awards are given. both managements and trade unions have to work jointly for the common organizational goal. This would be possible only through a holistic approach towards employees and humanization of work. If has were to happen. It is not enough if only the management takes upon itself the task of achieving the desired results. Finally. by itself. leading to company wise true participation and open management. For this. To achieve the prerequisites for excellence. It has been stated in many forums that a major part of he responsibility for quality circles lies with the management than workers. It calls for the willing involvement of every section of employees. unhesitatingly says that a major part of the effort towards quality improvement has to come form management. It is only in a climate of cohesion. Ishikawa. including those at the grassroots. Sweden and Yugoslavia (and some companied in India. without actively involving task performers would not be able to achieve the organizational goals. during a visit to India in 1987 had remarked that Q-Cs can contribute only about 30 percent to quality improvement and the rest has to be in the form of management efforts. The famous American expert Mr. This calls for a lot of upstream management and proper tools of analysis to be applied for successful efforts. mutual trust and understanding that there can be meaningful progress. too) had experimented with “work place democracy” and “work autonomy” but not with much success. Avoidance of technique such as majority vote to obtain group agreement. Avoidance of heated arguments in favour of one particular position.• • • Periodic summarizing of the activities by the leader or member to ensure common understanding. after whom. development of the most important of all resources. Mr. many organizations are adopting various kinds of management tools in the fond hope of finding a place for all their problems in order to bring in greater involvement of employees in day-to-day affairs. Enrichment of the “quality of working life” and catering to the self-esteem and recognition needs of employees only would help . Management. human resource has to find a place. The secret of the success of the Japanese effort has been the continuous modification of their designs to overcome the quality problems faced by the customers and rectify them. Deming.
Review Questions 1. participation and pride in the organizational progress. The “Quality Circle” concept comes nearest o satisfying the pre-requisites for developing the capability to face the current and emerging challenges. Its unique features such as voluntariness. The number of organizations implementing quality circles in India has been steadily rising covering both the public and private sectors and government agencies. This scheme will no doubt contribute to the organizational effectiveness and to enhance job satisfaction and sound human relations in all organizations. the small groups are known as “Quality Control Circles” because they got evolved in the sixties as a result of massive quality control training imparted to the employees. bottom up group synergy are now proved to being about tangible and intangible benefits to any organisation. Explain the purpose and process of Quality Circles. . The one road to achieve this goal is the effective implementation of small group activities such as “Employees Participation Circle” (EPC). “Small Group Activities” (SGA) and “Training at Work Teams” (TAWT). In Japan and many Southeast Asian countries. What are its objectives? 2.develop in them a sense of involvement. if practiced with sincerity of purpose as adapted to the Indian milieu. Define the term “Quality Circle”. In India in the West they are called “Quality Circles”.
economy. The Joint Consultative Council of Management (JCCM) constituting the apex body. One was set up for each major department and combined ones for two or more smaller departments. discipline. The objectives was to study and advise on the steps deemed necessary for increasing production. improvement of working conditions. . as well as the follow-up action on the implementation of the recommendations and decisions approved by the management from time to time. This is mainly due to the support established between management and labour. The three-tier setup of joint councils consisted of the Joint Departmental Councils (JDCs) at the base. Limited has a history of successful industrial relations. cost. Joint councils and works committees A series of Joint Councils and Joint Works Committees were subsequently set up. welfare. promotion. The three-tier setup As already indicated. the employees and the country. TISCO management believes that the human being is the core of the industry. Therefore his needs and fulfillment of his basic necessities were as important as any other consideration in industry such as production and profit. encouragement of suggestions. The agreement provided an increasing measure of closer association of the workers with the management in the working of the industry. and c) in satisfying the urge for self-expression. The Joint Works Council (JWC for the whole organisation is at the intermediate level. They believed this would helpa) in promoting increases in productivity for the general benefit of the organisation. improving productivity. The excellent association of employees with management started with the signing of an agreement by the management and the union way back in 1956. the close association of employees with management came more into existence with the agreement signed in 1956.CASE Industrial Relations – The tisco experience The Tata Iron and Steel Co. b) in giving employees a better understanding of their role and importance in the working of the industry and in process production.
All procedural issues concerning the working of the councils are discussed and settled at this meeting. is naturally a complex job. These bodies have also to follow up on the implementation of their recommendations and decisions approved by management. During the year 1981-82. during the past several years. In addition to these common functions. it reached the all-time high figure of more than 105% of the Plant’s capacity. For example the coordination of the functioning of the various JDCs of which there were 41 in 1986.The Joint Councils at their respective levels study operational results and production problems. Promotions of welfare and safety. but not those affecting the relations of company with its shareholders and managerial staff. the fact remains that. This is sought to be done through an annual meeting of Chairmen. advise on the steps deemed necessary to promote and rationalize production. particularly those referred to it by the Joint Workers Council and follow up on the implementation of its recommendations. the Joint Works Councils has the special function of reviewing every month the working of the departmental councils and a few other joint committees like the Suggestion Box Committee. Canteen Managing Committee and the Safety Appliances Committee. or taxes. who is also the Chairman of the Joint Works Council. Achievements It is difficult to measure the success of JDCs in terms of production tonnage or savings in the cost of steel per tone. It is also attended by the top officials of management and the Union. He various improvements suggested in process and procedure elimination of defective work. This does not mean that there are no problems in putting through the scheme. However. and a review made of the Scheme of Employees Association with Management as a whole. indicate the JDCs are . General Safety Committee. This provides an opportunity to the various JDC officials to learn from one another the weaknesses of a particular council and the strong points of others. improve productivity and discipline and economize costs. production in Tata Steel been toe the tune of 100% of the Plant/s capacity. import substitution. encouragement of suggestions and improvement of working conditions also fall within the purview of these Councils. The Joint Consultative Council of Management is entrusted with the task of advising management on all matters concerning the working of he industry in respect of production and welfare. Vice-Chairmen and Secretaries of al the Councils under the Chairmanship of the General Manager (op). consumption of materials etc. The Council has also to advise management on economic and financial matters placed by management before it.
I have been feeling for some time that we should we take a further step forward in our joint scheme or cooperation”. which is responsible for the unique industrial harmony and cordial relationship that prevails between employees and management of Tata Steel since the past 53 years-a record indeed. -Mahatma Gandhi . of these joint consultations has been the strengthening of the team spirit and of the sense of belonging. and that both of them will constitute a great family bringing in unity and harmony. By and large. in consultation with the Union. The most abiding effect.R. today. we created the consultative machinery which has proved largely responsible for the mutual trust and cooperation we have enjoyed since then.D. are better educated and trained to understand the technical and managerial problems of industry and are. however. Our workers. quite capable of enhanced participation in the management of industry. But we must not be satisfied with what we have done up to now.deeply involved with the problem of productivity. therefore. Finally let us end with the opinion of an independent individual: “May I hope that the relationship between the great House of Tata and the Workers will be of the friendliest character. Tata: “In 1956. the Councils have succeeded in making the employees think about development and improvements. particularly they younger ones. It is the privilege of both of you…to given India in object lesson in amity and goodwill”. Yet management is not complacent as is evident from the following wordings of J.
What are the problems of trade unions? What are your suggestions for its effective functioning? 12. 15. 11. What are the objectives employee education and training? 8. What is employee counselling? What are its objectives? PART – B Answer any FOUR questions All question carry equal marks Question No. What are the functions of wage boards? 7. What are the principles of code of discipline? 5. State the principles of collective boards? 6. 4. 10. Explain the role of Government. 15 is compulsory 9.33 Industrial Relations Time : 3 Hours PART – A Answer any FIVE Questions All questions carries equal marks 1. What are the objectives and forms of workers’ participation in management? 14. (1X 15) = 60 Maximum Marks : 100 (5 X 8 = 40) . Explain the purpose and process of Quality Circles. Explain the types and management of conflicts. Explain the relevant provisions of Constitution in protecting the labour. What do you understand by industrial relations? What are its objectives? 2. Explain grievance rederssal procedure. 13. Explain the machineries constituted for settlement of industrial disputes.MODEL QUESTION PAPER Paper 4. What are the objectives and functions of International Labour Organizations? 3. employers and the unions in maintaining smooth industrial relations.
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