Synopsis: Communication For Productivity
Letters written to some 7500 Workers / Managers / Union Leaders, following a period of strike / Go slow / Murders (1979 - 1987), at Mumbai factory of Larsen & Toubro Ltd. This direct / open / honest communication led to a remarkable atmosphere of trust between Workers and Management, which, in turn, increased productivity at 3% per year (ave).
23 Dec 1985
Only a few days back I wrote to you regarding the problems being faced by
- Refrigerator industry
- Alloy Steel Plant - Durgapur
Thereafter I came across a write-up about ASP in a news paper - reproduced below:
"ASP management has given an assurance (to the Union?) not to declare any worker surplus...."
This I do not understand.!
Due to changing technology/methods or due to lack of orders or due to any reason what-so-ever, if people become surplus, one has to simply declare them as "surplus"!
The facts cannot be changed! even if you were to hide your face in the sands like an ostrich! I Facts remain facts!
On the other hand I can understand very well that a management gives an assurance to such surplus employees that although they are surplus, they will not be retrenched.
But if any company has to carry such "Dead-Wood" on its shoulders, it goes without saying that the remaining workforce has to become even more productive than before.
Unless, of course, that organisation decides to get rid of the "Dead-Wood" as it seems to be happening in the Andhra Pradesh (read following article).
In this Vikram Samvat 2042, it looks as if even in "Ram (Rao) Rajya", it has become a matter of "survival-of-the-fittest" and consigning dead-wood to the flames!
I don't think it can be any different proposition in "Shiv (Rao) Rajya" !