Even as CITU launches its arm for IT employees, there is a sense of déjà vu among those who know what this may mean in time to come. Tech-company chiefs are busy gauging its likely impact since it’s for the first time that such a situation has arisen in India. Predictably, no honcho is willing to stick his or her neck out to make a comment on the development, even though it’s difficult to miss disquiet among them, going by newspaper reports.
In this context, columnist TK Arun’s article in ET a few days back is a welcome piece of illustration. He argues that though half the workers in Europe and more than 20% of them in US are unionized, they behave quite rationally so as not to affect productivity even while remaining firm on their rights.
Why can’t this be in India? It has to be so if India is to capitalize on its inherent strengths to leapfrog into a global economic power to reckon with. There is no second doubt about this, and one hopes that the unions are aware of it.
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