May 26 marks the anniversary of the first ever factory strike in the United States, in 1824, at the Slater Mill in Rhode Island. Why should we in 21st Century India bother about a strike that took place long, long ago, in a place far, far away? Because, parts of the country are trying to replicate the very conditions that brought about the strike at Slater Mills. The mill owner decided to extend the working day without any additional pay and cut wages in the weaving department, worked entirely by women, by 25%, on the ground that they had been, out of mistaken generosity, paying them wages that were extravagant for young women. The strike began with 124 young women turning out, as striking work used to be called back then in the US. The Slater Mill management, truth to tell, had it better than what the government of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat had proposed for its employers. Slater could employ children aged at least eight, and make them work 12-hour shifts, the ideal … [Read more...] about View: Will labour reform drive away investment?
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The death scene of Iqbal (Sameer Khakhar) -- better known as Khopdi to Nukkad fans -- in Anna's eerie oil factory would just become another gunshot, drop dead episode if Pradhan wouldn't show its reality in such a raw, hard-hitting manner. … [Read more...] about 25 POETIC FRAMES of
During WWII, American auto majors like Ford & GM had started making aircraft components and others making arms and ammunitions etc. It was the demand of that time by the government. These companies not only survived but made fortune.During the COVID19 outbreak many manufacturing plants are no more 100% operative, but they are contributing first line healthcare workers with protective shields, face masks, ventilators or its 3D printed parts and KN95 masks made in their facility to ensure a constant supply to the healthcare industry. A much more noble cause to be operational that the WWII example. While some are limping back to actual production too. The Farm Equipment industry is playing a critical role as a bridge in the food value chain providing necessary equipment and maintenance support.The industry consisting of farm equipment manufacturers (Original Equipment Manufacturers; OEMs) and their distribution centers should review with a new strategy, innovation and digital … [Read more...] about Opinion: Farm equipment industry COVID-19 outbreak exit plan