Emerging Trends in Industrial Relations
June 21 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Facilitator: Prof. Debi Prasad Das
Liberalization and opening up of the economy has led to changed rules of the employment and a new relationship between employer and employees. The pressure to compete in the global market with cost effective quality products has put pressure on organizations to drive performance and ensure employees to deliver. The focus has shifted from regulating terms and conditions of employment to regulating performances.
As a result of the new economic policies, industrial relations (IR) and human resource management (HRM) have
acquired strategic importance. The success of the new policies would depend, to a large extent, on the introduction of new industrial relations and human resource policies at the national and enterprise levels. Some pressure for change has already been witnessed in the IR and HRM areas. The actors of the system now realise that neither the economy nor the industrial enterprises can survive by clinging to their rigid postures. Therefore, the discussions of the actors are now centred around how to change and in what direction. The paper examines the role of the actors of the IR
system in the changed economic scenario, highlights some specific challenges and pressures for bringing about change in IR and HRM and suggests future policy directions in these areas.
- To trace the genesis of these trends
- To identify the trends with precision and clarity
- Examine the perspectives of the State and the Employer
- To help define a new set of roles for the Trade Union representatives, aligned meaningfully to the new realities