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Hi Friends,
Thanks for your concern. Let us conclude like this,
most of the people advised to say "YES" to promotion, but it will be better to hand over union responsibilities to someone.
and some people advised to keep union responsibilities along with managerial status.
Any way, b4 taking any decision I need to discuss the details with family. I will come back...

Subject - Re: union office bearer- Legal protection during promotion to managerial category
Dear S Pallan
I want you to opt for opportunity of promotion. Promotion will take you to additional responsibilities, pay rise, status & thereby a chance to show your skill & performance. Whereas if you stick up with the so called "union secretary protection" you won't have opportunity to accept new challenge & career growth. Forget the fear of employment & concentrate on performance. This is what I want to suggest

Dear Mr.Sunny,

You have received responses from several learned members of this forum. The only aspect that I would like to add is, if you hand over your union responsibilities and join the Management band wagon, certain decisions that could benefit the organisation may affect the workmen. For example, downsizing due to economic slowdown, engagement of contract labour etc., In such instances, if you are promoted, you need to wear the Management's hat and sort out the matter. In other words, if you continue to wear the Union hat you will find it difficult.

The workmen on the other hand will expect you to wear the Union hat, though you are no longer a Union office bearer (as you have expressed that you intend to hand over the union responsibilities in the event of a promotion).

As rightly pointed out by a member both sides are important. The first one offers personal growth and also offers you opportunity to nurture and grow the organisation from perspectives not explored by the organisation till now. The second one offers social responsibility status and offers opportunity to protect the workmen.

You seem to a balanced personality and have promised to get back to us after discussing with your family members.

All the very best.


mr sunny, first make sure there no malafide intention behind your promotion offer by management
Dear Mr. Sunny,
Acceting/refusing promotion is entirely personal decision. By this time you must have read the opinions coming from the esteemed members. If your Union is going to support you for all the times to come then just don't be content in the internal union, take up the union to wider forum by remaining in the very same post or use promotion to fly high, gain experience, come back after some time and use your experience by becoming full time Union activist.
Remember whether you are worman or not there is no guarantee of employment.

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