Labour unrest. Trade union disputes are spreading across the country. Maruti Udyog, Dunlop, Dhanlaxmi Bank, Coal India, Bosch, textile workers in Ludhiana-the list of dispute-hit entities is long. The number of man-days lost has shot up from 9 lakh in 2002 to 16 lakh in 2010. In the first half of this year, nearly 1 million man-days have been lost. Taking ownership of these protests are new independent trade unions and a set of young activists cutting across unions and party- Does this growing unrest reflect labour unions have no political control and wants to be independent ?
It is cyclical. Until 80s labour unions tried to dictate terms with management and hampered improvement. Realising that they were harming their own cause, they mellowed down. Late 90s and early 2000, Managements started believing that they can push workers to any extent, forgot the basics of HR and the Human face of management. Hence, there is a recoil effect now. This too shall pass and better sense will prevail on both sides.
Best deal would be to allow the Industries to run with utmost efficiency to be the best in the world and workers getting handsomely compensated for it