In the present case, it is just a manifestation of their demands that happened. However, if they have carried out a strike, without following the mandatory requirements like 14 days notice as per section 22 (1) of the I D Act, then action shall be taken against them. It should not be on the faith that they are officers but as if they are workmen.
16th September 2015 From India, Kannur
19th September 2015 From India, Chennai
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12th October 2015 From India, Visakhapatnam
Case Discussion 1
Sinha is a senior employee of S & S Law Firm having its head office at Delhi and branches at all major cities in the country. The managing partner of the firm asked Sinha to head its southern branch at Bangalore. The firm has been quite successful since its inception in 1950s, but has witnessed high turnover among its younger staff in the last five years. The managing partner is convinced that the problem is not salary, because a recent survey indicated that the firm’s salary structure is competitive with that of other major firms. Driven by this incomprehension, the managing partner wants Sinha to find out the real reasons.
Having settled in Bangalore, Sinha met the four senior managers to determine why the branch has had such a high attrition rate among the younger staff. Krishna, aged 46, states that the younger staff lacks dedication and fails to appreciate the career opportunities provided by the firm. Gowda, aged 52, says the younger employees are always complaining about the lack of meaningful feedback on their performance, and many have mentioned that they would like to have a sponsor in the organization to assist with their development. Gowda further explains that the firm does provide performance rating to its staff and the previous manager has always maintained an open-door policy. Manohar, aged 39, says he has received complaints that training is not relevant and is generally dull. He explains that various persons in the firm who worked with training from time to time acted mainly on guidance from Delhi. Shobha, aged 35, says she believes that the root of the problem is the absence of an HR department. However, she says that when the idea was mentioned to the managing partner in Delhi, it was totally rejected.
Q1. Do you think that the Law Firm needs an HR Department? If yes, what should be its role?
Q2. How would you sell the ides of the HR department to the managing partner?
Case Discussion 2
Industrial Relations Situation at Titagarh
Jute industry time and again gets associated with strikes, lockouts and closure. The particular case in point is Titagarh Jute Mill. The Titagarh Mill has been unsuccessfully run by different promoters since 1986. For long time workers were demanding payment of Provident Fund and Gratuity dues of retired employees, payment of their due wages, and permanent placement of temporary workers. Workers had not been paid gratuity and other arrears – amounting to about Rs.15 crore – since years.
Management’s take on the entire situation was that as new promoters when they took over the mill in 1999, there were huge dues. In Provident fund, Rs.11.83 crore was being paid to the PF Commissioner in 50 installments by the current management. Since the mill was running in loss, the management could not settle all the claims at one go. From management’s perspective, aggrieved unions were getting on the way of smooth functioning of the mills.
Things took an ugly turn when Apurba Roychowdhury, the Personnel Manager of the mill, was found dead in his office in the mill premises, while the Sangrami Mazdoor Union (SMU) was conducting a gate meeting protesting the non-payment of long standing Provident Fund and Gratuity dues. A team from Khardah Police Station arrested 21members of the SMU in this connection. According to Khardha Police Station Inspector, the SMU had not taken police permission to hold the meeting. Union’s high-ranking members, including the President, Secretary and Treasurer were arrested on the spot. They have been charge sheeted and at present are out on bail.
SMU Leaders alleged that the murder was carried out by criminals hired by the management. Currently neither the management nor the workers have the confidence to return to work. How can you improve the condition of the Titagarh Jute Mill as the newly hired Personnel Manager?
12th September 2018 From India, Kolkata