Hi Friends,
                                              Even as I launch this today ( my 80th Birthday ), I realize that there is yet so much to say and do.
                                                  There is just no time to look back, no time to wonder,"Will anyone read these pages?"
                                       With regards,
                                       Hemen Parekh
                                       27 June 2013

Sunday, 30 September 1984

KAMATH & KIRLOSKAR

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).

30 sep 1984

To:

Dear Friends

What is common between Kamath and Kirloskar?
Someone may say "both have names starting with K".
O.K.
But that is not all. '
There  is  a   lot  more  common  between   Mr.  M.V.  Kamath (Ex-editor of  Illustrated Weekly)  who once  addressed Powai Pageant  correspondents and  Mr.  Chandrakant Kirloskar  - an eminent industrialist from Maharashtra.

For one thing :
Both of  them firmly believe  that for  industries to survive and  grow,   co-operation  between  the  employees   and  the management is inevitable.

For second thing :
Both of  them believe,  with identical  passion, that  we, in India, can learn a lot from Japan in this matter.

For third thing :
Both  of  them believe,  with  equal  concern,  that  time is running out  on us.  If we  do not act  fast to patch  up our differences, pretty  soon there  will be no  industry left in India,  to provide  jobs either  to  the managers  or  to the workers.'
In the  following article, I present  to you  the thoughts of Mr. Kamath.  In subsequent articles,  I will be presenting to you the thoughts of Mr. Kirloskar.
It is quite possible  that many of you will agree  with their thoughts.
But would it suffice, just to agree?
Or, shall we translate some of these thoughts into ACTION?
And if yes. How?

H.C. PAREKH

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