I have got few snippets for you, only if you can amplify them: -
1. The current economic crisis has divided the IR (world over) in few segments: - (you will need to expand these)
(a) IR in Public Sector which is comparatively safe in the hands of unions and layoffs is still not easy (moreso in democratic coutries like India).
(b) IR in corporations/establishments/Production houses, which are more dependant on production of some hardware / parts thereto or some software. These houses are relatively still better off in recession and may not be doomed, so workers are still their company's worth.
(c) Companies, which are on sound financial footing and looking for bright future have relatively a bright IR perspective.
(d) IR is in purple patch with most of the desk oriented, white collared job companies dependant on credit money with nothing in production of their own.
2. The basic objectives and functions of IR are at variance in all the above scenarios. Also the major components of IR have different roles to play, if you mention CB, Recruitment, Trade Unions, HR Policies etc, all are dependant upon their present economic footing and longterm/shorterm policies for survival.
3. This is to say IR will dramatically change with financial/economic condition of a corporate and traditional IR concepts may be temporarily set aside.
6th March 2009
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29th November 2009 From India, Mumbai
If u have gone thu the history of Industrial revolution over a period of time, u hv come across many labour movement. The ID Act & trade union acts are as old as IR. Since approach to look the IR has become different from then with the standpoint of economic development. Economy going from manufacturing to service industry. Capital to knowledge based economy. If u see the trends of labour unrest from 1990 to till 2006, u will find decline. But since 2007, it has risen but not significantly. So economic melt down effects the IR, but not that way, happned in the past. Also courts take serious view of labour unrest in disposal of disputes.
29th November 2009 From India, Ahmadabad