CII organises IR Conclave “Crystal Gazing into the future of IR”

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Jamshedpur, Feb 5: CII Eastern Region organised the IR Conclave in Jamshedpur on Wednesday, February 5. The objective of the conclave was to bring the Industry and Trade Union Leaders together to learn, discuss and collaborate on the next industrial relations practices to implement in order to adapt, evolve and respond to a world which is in a constant state of flux.

The conclave witnessed the CEOs deliberate on the Megatrends shaping the businesses of future; CHROs discuss about how the New Age demands New IR Strategies; and understand from the Trade Union Leaders on how the role of Trade Union Leaders will change with the onset of Industry 4.0, and Young HR and Trade Union members Impact of Industry 4.0 deliberate on Work, Workforce, Workplace.

Addressing the gathering, Suresh Dutt Tripathi, Chairman, CII Eastern Region HR & IR Subcommittee & Vice President – HRM, Tata Steel Ltd. said that in the starting of the IR era, basic amenities were lacking such as minimum wages, working conditions, employee trusts, etc, due to which there was always a conflict between management and employees. These were the reasons due to which the Trade Union was formed, and IR was introduced, in order to bring peace and harmony within the organization. But in today’s era the scenario of IR has changed. Nowadays, the role of union members has evolved and they are required to be multiskilled. They must take the ownership and change the mindset of employees to overcome from local issues and move over to handle global challenges.

Neeraj Kant, Chairman, CII Jharkhand State Council & Managing Director, The Indian Steel & Wire Products Ltd stated that Indian industry must adapt to global practices and benchmarks. IR plays a vital role in this endeavour. Excellent labour relations and regulations contribute to a happy, productive workforce that partner with management for best possible outcomes for the enterprise.

Tarun Daga, Past Chairman, CII Jharkhand State Council & Managing Director, Tata Steel Utilities and Infrastructure Services Ltd. opined that progressive enterprises engage workers in their overall operations, involving them in the quest for competitiveness and giving them the opportunity to grow and fulfill their aspirations.

Tapas Kumar Sahu, Convenor, CII Jharkhand MSME & Startup Panel & Executive Director & CEO, Highco Engineers Pvt Ltd stated that a paradigm shift is required for consensus development on management and worker engagement through a ‘bottom up’ and practical approach. While regulation changes may need a very long time, many practical solutions may be found through simple administrative and local level interventions, through mutual discussions and identification of solutions.

Krishna Kumar Kharia, Co-Convenor, CII Jharkhand MSME & Startup Panel & Director, Multitech Components Pvt Ltd stated that the focus should shift from job protection of already employed persons to job creation for millions of unemployed persons.

The conclave witnessed deliberations from eminent speakers like Rakeshwar Pandey, National Secretary, Indian National Trade Union Congress, INTUC; Prakash Viplav, General Secretary, CITU, Jharkhand; R Ravi Prasad, President, Tata Workers Union; Sribesh Beltharia, Vice President and Group HR Head, Shyam Steel Industries; Santosh Sahu, Leader, Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, Shahnawaz Alam, Vice President, Tata Worker’s Union; Dr K R Shyam Sundar, Professor, HRM Area, XLRI; Kamakshi Raman, Executive Director, Steel Authority of India Ltd; Ravi Singh, HR Head, Tata Motors Ltd. among others.

The conclave also had a unique gamification concept where delegates participated in the conclave’s theme of Crystal Gazing. Delegates were posed questions in the lines of the impact of technology, Industry 4.0, diversity, few megatrends like rise of working population, on the Work, Workforce & Workplace etc. Over 100 delegates participated in this important forum.

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