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Hi All
My factory ( Manufacturing Unit ) is situated in Maharashtra. at present we are working 6 days a week and for three shifts. but
now due less orders my management wants to work for 5 days a week and closing the 1 shift e.g. working for 1st & 3rd Shift.
my query is that is it legally possible to do ?
what about working for 5 days that's mean do i have to deduct 1 days workers wages?
working for 1st shift and Night shift will it be allowed by the govt. ?
Please reply asap.

From India
Ash Mathew

Hi Raj,
I guess it all depends on the assignments / orders your company receives. So there is nothing wrong in change of shifts.
If they have reduced one working day...that means you are in loss of pay for that one day. yes - you have to deduct the wages (that is why they cut that one day also)

From India, Madras

Hi Ash Thanks for your reply, but will it be allowed by the Labour dept. ? what are the procedure i have to follow ? do i have to get the approval of Labour Inspector ?
From India

Dear Mr. Raj,
The answer to your question is a big NO. You cannot pay less for something which is not for the fault of the employee. Please donot follow such unethical and illegal HR practices. The decision to work for one day less and in two shifts is a decision taken by the company to reduce cost but it cannot be done at the cost of an employees' salary. It is a management prerogative as to how he should run his factory and it has to be done in such a manner that doesnot hurt the well being of the employees. If the factory Inspector comes to know about it you could land in big trouble.

From India, New Delhi

Hello Raj,
Both Asha & Awvik are right.
The trick is to find a way that's OK for both the employer & employees.
There are 2 issues that you mentioned-the ONE day OFF & shift changes.
Given the overall Power scenario in the country, try to figure out the days that could JUSTIFY the day off on a day when you have MORE DRASTIC power cuts. I think you should be able to handle the labour dept with this least it works in Andhra Pradesh. But reg deducting the salaries for this day.......legally you can ONLY IF the employees are on daily-wages-so 'no work-no pay' policy that would be legally tenable. But I will suggest you to consult your Company Advocate before going ahead--finally it will be his baby, as usually is the case.
Coming to the change of shifts, first of all, pl. clarify why do you want to opt for I & III shifts....usually it is 2 continuous shifts.

From India, Hyderabad

More saheb

Mi kay mhantoy tey ayika .

You can do this and many companies are doing it.see
if your paying it in CTC system you go ahead with
redusing the variable components like conveyance etc.
for this you need not tell the labour authorities.

But if it is not on CTC basis and if you want to cut
the salaries then you have to be carefull.You can
take employees into confidence may be even in written
also if the employees are willing to this then no problem .
Or you can show them as absent for those days(one day).

if you have a good contact with the labour authorities they
will guide you in this situation.
see you are not doing anything wrong.For lack of orders
and business companies are closing down instead of that
cutting the existing running cost is always better.:-D


Rajeev Dixit

From India, Bangalore

Hi Rajeev
Thanks for your reply, it is the fact that i do not have much order in hand and adding to this ours is a 100% EOU company and at present the marker is such that i don't know i will get more orders or not. looking at the this mangnt planining to do this.
you have not mentioned about shifts working. can you suggest something. ?

From India
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