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Hi all,
I work for an FMCG & for quite a while we were understaffed due to high rate of absenteeism seen in Govt. Trainees (they do simple packing jobs on production line, dont fall under labor).
We had to use 2 shifts instead of 3 because of low manpower which meant 4hrs overtime pay for each.
Now that we have seen lesser rate of absenteeism, we are going to revert back to 3 shifts of 8hrs each which is a problem.
Trainees wont come now unless they get overtime pay(double the normal rate). This threatens to shut our line as well.
Can all the HR experts please help me out as to how I should tackle this issue.. we will not continue giving overtime pay & hence i badly need a roadmap.
Thanks & Regards,
Nilay Kumar

From India, Mumbai
Dear Mr. Kumar,
Are you paying the trainees as per the minimum wages act? They cannot compel you to pay overtime rate unless they put in work beyond 8 hours. In fact don't ask them to put in anything beyond 8 hours. The next batch can work in the next shift. If they threaten to shut the line, this is serious, you need to seriously think of discontinuing such people who have the attitude to hold you at ransom. They may create problems in future. If they are doing support activity, you can engage contractual workmen. That can be another option.

From India, Pune
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