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By : Prasad PN, Consultant, Trainer
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Work rules in India

What are the minimum work rules in India for workers and employees in new factories lured in by our enthusiastic governments? There seems to be no rules followed by new and successful companies in emerging India as far as rules applicable to their works and employees.

1. To cut costs and boost profits companies are literally squeezing or milking their work force. Workers are at least protected by existing labour laws and their unions. But the plight of so called employees in the categories of supervisors, department heads, engineers, managers is very pathetic.

2. The so called employees are forced to work for about 14 hours a day, 6 days a week and many are forced to work even in Sundays without any provision of OVERTIME payments. In many companies these employees are continuously contacted on 24 x 7 mode without any consideration for their rest and time for families. In one instance a department head was suspended when the production line came to halt for about 2-3 minutes on a sunday night when that person was in his house.

3. In many of these factories workers are treated like machines without any consideration for their rest and time needed for their natural calls. In one Chennai MNC factory the workers are monitored with a target of such time not to exceed 20 minutes per 10 hour shift which includes their lunch time of 15 minutes.

4. The worst part is the treatment meted out to the managers/engineers. They are expected to work 14 hours a day. Their foreign managers take necessary rest during day time and call them for daily review at 6.30 pm and it usually takes 3 hours to complete the day's review and plan for the next day. And the engineers are expected to report next day without fail by 7 AM and those who come late by even a minute is insulted by flashing their name in electronic notice boards. The language used in the review meeting is so insulting many contemplate quitting. The words like idiots, bloody Indians, stupids, are common heaps that are showered on them.

5. And surprisingly there are no labour and employee unions in these industries which employ 1000s of workers and engineers. Where are the protectors of labours and employees - the so called lefts who seem to have left such activities from their agenda.

6. Another exploitation is in the form of Apprentice and Training programs. Skilled technicians are paid about Rs 1000 per month and engineers are paid Rs 2000 per month and usually make to work for about 12 hours a day and 6 days a week. It is said that in Pondicherry the so called hardware capital of India, computer hardware manufacturers pay Rs 2.50 paisa per hour as overtime wages. In peak seasons these factories lure fresh diploma holders as trainees and extract work for about 1 or 2 months without any payment and dole out only a paper certificate.

It is time that labour and employee work rules are framed and strictly enforced in all these existing and new factories. It is clear from these violations that our workers and engineers are still treated as slaves by these foreign employers. There exist an inferiority complex in our work force who still take all such insults and exploitations by these foreigners who still act as if our country is one of their colony.

Why not restart Gandhiji's agitation - Boycott the products of these companies?

 Top Comment : ASOKE KUSARI   | 05 07 2010 03:10:43 +0000
Felt extremely sorry and disturbed to read this. Had not an idea that situation is so bad in Pondichery. What the Administration is doing in this UT ? There should be laws to prevent such kind exploitations. For lower level workers, there should be Union to be formed (by them only). All India Trade Union organisation/s should come forward to "control" such un-lawful exploitations.
 
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  Commented by  rakeshbhatnagar, GM Projects., wig brothers india pvt.ltd.    | 06 25 2010 08:23:15 +0000
I AGREE WITH MR. PRASAD THAT SUCH THIGS ARE GOING ON .SPECIALLY IN CONSTRUCTION FIELD 12 TO 16 HOURS FOR ALL 7 DAYS WITHOUT SUNDAYS/REST.EVEN NO COMPENSATORY LEAVE IS PROVIDED TO SUCH PEOPLE EMPLOYED.THIS CONDITION IS ALMOST IN 75 PERCENT OF CONSTRUCTION UNITS.THIS IS EXPLOITATION AND NO UNION OR NORMS ARE THERE FOR SUCH COMPNAYS.
SOME NORMS SHOULD BE FORMED AND PEOPLE MUST BE TREATED AS HUMAN NOT MACHINE. 
  Commented by  NATTERAJA R. ARIKRISHNAN, Area Sales Manager, HPL INDIA LTD, CHENNAI    | 05 19 2010 18:56:15 +0000
There should be a law in force to prevent the pathetic situation of the employees and their exploitations by such companies.

Thanks for the referral Mr.Asoke Kusari.
I agree with your opinions.
  Commented by  Darshil, CEO/MD/Director, Darshil Cotton Company    | 05 07 2010 07:02:08 +0000
I think the real problem lies with us and the solution is between us.........we have left our self esteem in urge of earning or either craving for high posts and for that we are even ready to lick the toes of these MNC's bosses, just for the personal gain we are ready to lose our integrity. Whenever one of our Indian colleague is insulted in the meeting and used abusive words like " BLOODY INDIANS " all the Indian workforce should raise their voice against the top level people using such abusive language and give them a threat of mass resignation which could topple the top level ppl. So one should keep aside their personal gains and fight for their country's and its native's pride.
  Commented by  Ajay Ziz, CLERK,,, University of Jammu    | 05 07 2010 04:32:43 +0000
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nobody can do anything .. people fight for dock workers and then become cabinet ministers ..selling soldiers taboot..
  Commented by  ASOKE KUSARI, Domestic Private Banking-Executive/Manager, A large leading PSU Bank - India    | 05 07 2010 03:10:43 +0000
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Felt extremely sorry and disturbed to read this. Had not an idea that situation is so bad in Pondichery. What the Administration is doing in this UT ? There should be laws to prevent such kind exploitations.
For lower level workers, there should be Union to be formed (by them only). All India Trade Union organisation/s should come forward to "control" such un-lawful exploitations.
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