This is with reference to “No need to fear unions” (Business Line, August 30). The article is a good and timely response, given the current anti-trade union mood after the violence of July 18 at the Manesar’s Maruti plant.

As has been observed, a union of employees is formed for protecting the interests of its members in the workplace, and it is necessary for the employer to establish amicable relations with it. The right to organise or form a union is a fundamental right of the workers guaranteed by the Constitution.

When unions bring up genuine issues, the employer should initiate a negotiation and take interest in fair play. A responsible trade union does not organise any industrial action unless there is a real problem. When companies attempt to set up rival unions, it is not only unjust, but invariably aggravates the situation.

T. Narendra Rao

Chennai

Slowdown woes

The self-inflicted policy paralysis is well brought out in the article “This is no ordinary slowdown” (Business Line, August 30). It is a clear warning to the Government and policymakers about the state of the economy. The decision to appoint Raghuram Rajan as Chief Economic Advisor to the Finance Ministry is a welcome move. The lack of seriousness regarding the ailing manufacturing sector shows the apathy of the Government towards the sector.

K. S. Raghavan

Mumbai

(This article was published on August 30, 2012)
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