Godrej & Boyce Shramik Sangh
Celebrates Its Silver Jubilee
Saturday, 18 May, 2002


Ashok Khot, Chief Secretary (Labour), Government of Maharashtra, lights the lamp at the inauguration of the Silver Jubilee Celebrations of Godrej & Boyce Shramik Sangh.

 

 

On Saturday, 18 May, 2002 at 6.30 p.m. the Union Silver Jubilee Year function commenced with the release of colourful gas balloons and the union logo emblem by all the Union Executives and Chairman and Managing Director, Jamshyd Godrej. In the Pirojshanagar cultural community hall, founder members of the Union and former Executives garlanded the photographs of the late Bhagwan Angne (Ex-President), the late Mahadev Nandgaokar (Ex-Vice President) and the late Ishwar Kadiyal (Jt. Secretary). The lamp was lit by Chief Guest Ashok Khot, Chief Secretary (worker/employee) of Maharashtra Government, in the presence of respected Jamshyd Godrej; Dinesh Parulekar, President of the Union; Nagendra Singh, General Secretary; Kerse Naoroji, Ex-Vice President (Works); E.J. Kalwachia, Executive Director; and Advocate Vinod Mirajkar, the Union’s legal adviser. Artistes from the Shran and Kala Manch presented a cultural programme on the occasion, which was highly appreciated by all present.

Union committee members, who carried out their duties successfully, were felicitated with mementos and bouquets. In addition, about 75 Management authorities who cooperated with the Union as well as those who contributed to training employees and those dedicated people who worked for the last 24 years, were also felicitated.


Jamshyd Godrej, Chairman and Managing Director of Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd., Dinesh Parulekar, President of G&B Shramik Sangh, Z. G. Khan, Vice President of G&B Shramik Sangh, and others at the celebrations to mark the completion of 24 years of G&B Shramik Sangh.

Union organiser and Plant Managers of Plant 9, Plant 7/8 and Plant 14 were jointly honoured with mementos for the highest rate of participation in the blood donation drive. Ashok Khot, Dinesh Parulekar and Jamshyd Godrej gave away the mementos.

After the programme, Ashok Khot, Jamshyd Godrej, Kerse Naoroji, E.J. Kalwachia, Vinod Mirajkar, Ex-Vice President and founder member Diago Korea and Ex-treasurer Pandurang Satam were honoured by the Union with silver mementos and bouquets. Guests spoke on the present industrial scenario and the cooperative attitude of the Union and conveyed their best wishes for the continuance of this cooperation. The Union’s General Secretary, Nagendra Singh, gave the history behind the establishment of the Union. He gave the assurance that the factory at Vikhroli would not be allowed to shift outside Mumbai. E.J. Kalwachia expressed his thoughts on the industrial scenario and work/activities of the Union. Ashok Khot spoke about industries in Maharashtra, expectations of employers, workers’ attitude and the new labour laws. Kerse Naoroji praised the way the Union worked and explained the necessity for the Management to understand the workers’ point of view.


Silver Jubilee Trophy being presented by Dinesh Parulekar, President of Godrej & Boyce Shramik Sangh, to Ashok Khot, Chief Secretary (Labour), Government of Maharashtra.

Jamshyd Godrej appreciated the cooperation given by the Union in productivity, safety and quality, and also said that he expected the Union to cooperate in future as well.

At the end of the function, President Dinesh Parulekar expressed his gratitude to all the people who helped with the Union to reach its Silver Jubilee year. The period from 1986 to 1992 was a golden age of industrial relations. The manner in which the work ethic and the value system worked successfully among 4,500 workers, was emphasized by Guru G.N. Sapre. The Union considered it an honour to felicitate him on this occasion.

The assurance was given that such was the bond between Management and the Union that it would last for a thousand years.

This historic event concluded on a grand note with dinner. The entire programme was well compered by Bhalchandra Joshi.


istinguished guests who attended the inauguration of the Silver Jubilee Celebrations include(from Left): Kerse Naoroji, Jamshyd Godrej, K. R. Thanewalla, D. N. Madon, E. J. Kalwachia and Dinesh Parulekar.

Nagendra Singh, General Secretary,
Godrej & Boyce Shramik Sangh

 

If only all Trade Unions were like this one!
Some Basic Facts

The Minimum Annual Membership fee from the years 1978 to 1987 was Rs. 6 only. From 1988 to 2001 it was Rs. 12 and from 2002 onwards it is Rs. 24 only. Every year the Union fund is audited and the report presented at the Annual General Meeting.

The Union fund is used for the welfare of employees and for social causes such as an X-ray machine, a hospital, community hall, relief for earthquake victims of Latur, Bhuj, Kargil jawans, and so on.

Office bearers of the Union work day and night free of charge. For the last two decades the Union Working Committee has been elected unanimously without holding any formal elections.

Along with workers’ movements / activities, cooperative activities are also encouraged, so employees benefit from the Credit and Consumer Societies.

The Union workers’ right is not only limited to financial growth, but extends also for their families’ overall development. Not only industrial health, employees and their families’ physical and mental health, but also social health is taken care of by this responsible workers’ Union.

The Union was successful in arriving at an agreement on seven general demands for the years 1978, 1982, 1985, 1988, 1992, 1996 and 1999 without the financial loss of a single day. The Union was successful in making provision for accident leave in the 1982 agreement along with a 10 per cent increase in the provident fund subscription.

In the 1985 agreement 100 per cent ceiling on Dearness Allowance was withdrawn. The after-death housing scheme for all Godrej employees was successfully implemented.

A worker training scheme was implemented in 1986. In accordance with the employee’s needs, short-term courses were started. From 1986 to 1992, 120 worker training classes were arranged for the overall development of the employee. Nearly 4,500 employees were trained. For retired employees, special guidance classes are still being conducted.

From 1990 the Union participated in the blood donation camp organised by Pragati Kendra. By the year 2000 the Union achieved its target of collecting 1,001 bottles of blood.

In 1993 the Union donated Rs. 5 lakhs to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (Maharashtra) for the Latur earthquake victims. The Union also collected Rs. 50 lakhs from the Godrej family for the rehabilitation of earthquake victims.

Trained worker representatives were selected to be on the Managing Committee of the Credit and Consumer Societies. Honest worker representatives were appointed on its Provident Fund Trust. Benefits for workers’ welfare were provided through Plant Works Committees and the Central Works Committee.

Sweepers and security employees in the colony who were on contract basis were absorbed in the Company.

For two decades the Union made efforts to have a modern fully adequate hall for cultural activities of employees near the station in Pirojshanagar. The Union was successful in making this dream come true in the year 2001. It donated Rs. 25 lakhs to the Company to make this hall available to the employees and their families at a concessional rate.

The Union was successful in shifting the venue of the hospital that was to be constructed by the Godrej Memorial Trust from Faridabad to Vikhroli. It donated Rs. 25 lakhs to the Godrej Memorial Trust to enable employees to get hospital benefits at a concessional rate.

To ensure good health for employees, the Union arrived at a historical agreement in the year 1999. According to this agreement, through the Medicare scheme, the employee and his three family members are given a medical insurance policy of Rs. 1,70,000 per year.

In spite of the dreadful industrial depression, 200 temporary workers were made permanent. This was done by the Union in 2001-02.

The Union also played an important role in the Company’s safety policy, environment policy, ISO 9001 and ISO 9002 programmes.

 

A Tale of Two Schools
 

The first is known as a snob school in the heart of the Fort area. Its status is symbolised by the huge fancy limousines that drop students every morning and take them home every evening. The second is a middle class school at Bori Bunder, right next to Capitol Cinema.

In the first school a multi-millionaire’s son brought to school a handsome donation from his father. The son was taken to the front of the class and the teacher called upon the entire class to clap in appreciation. But one little boy with a fractured finger could not clap. He showed the teacher his bandaged hand, but still the teacher reprimanded him in front of the entire class.

In the second school there was a little boy with an eye defect. Owing to some mistake made by him, the teacher taunted him by calling him ‘‘Kanya’’. The Principal came to know of this. The next morning, at the time when the entire school was assembled for prayers, the Principal reprimanded the teacher for his insensitivity and asked him to apologise to the little boy.

What do you think was the lesson the snob school taught to its students? The power of money.

And the middle class school? The gift of compassion.

Small wonder, men of the calibre of Pherozeshah Mehta, Dinshaw Vatcha, Dadabhai Naoroji, Rustom Masani, Pirojsha Godrej, and many others matriculated from the second school.

This is a true story. The student in the first school was my grandson and in the second, my son.

B.K.

 
   
 
   
 

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