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).
31 Aug 1984
Here is another. This time it is not about Gujral but by Gujral. Although Gujral has called it "industrial Sickness", I was tempted to call it,
"GUJRAL STRIKES AGAIN";
And this time he strikes at the managements of Public Sector Units - for allowing themselves to be "hijacked by land-based Guerillas who hold industries to ransom to enforce their own selfish demands".
The message is loud and clear.
u freedom of speech and constitutional dissent - YES
u minority trying to paralyse and throttle production - NO
As far as Powai is concerned, we have no major outstanding bargainable issues. The only remaining issue is:
"How to increase Productivity?"
But productivity is not a bargainable issue and anyone trying to hijack productivity must be dealt with accordingly. We cannot allow productivity to be held at ransom. Our next-door neighbour Swami Chinmayanandji would tell us:
"Practise Religion as though Death has got hold of you by your hair".
And our religion today is to push productivity and discipline to the highest possible level.