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Seminar talk by Mr. Durgadatt Pathak, GM – IR, Tata Steel

featured-Durgadatt-PathakTopic: Industrial Relations Tata Steel ( Jamshedpur)

Date: September 04, 2009

Speaker Profile :

Alumna of XLRI, Jam-shedpur, Degree in Law. He has served Tata Steel for over three decades. He retired as the Chief – In-dustrial Relations, Gen-eral, Tata Steel in 2009.


The guest talked about as a global enterprise. He discussed about the Industrial relation in Tata Steel, and the IR Division in Tata Steel as a business support function. The division provides following services to: Profit Centers, Cost Centers & Corporate Services

Organization Design
Compensation Design
Employees Well Being
Employee Development
Joint Consultations
Managing Redundancy

The IR objectives are drawn from the vision of the company and capture the following IR challenges.

People development
Manning / Deployment to Growth Projects
Employee Cost /Ton of steel
Facilitating Rehabilitation & Resettlement
Employee Engagement

Mr. Pathak explained how Tata Steel founded 75 years of harmonious relationship with the workers. He shared that before the Government made recommendation for setting up joint councils of Management, Tata Steel was already engaged in this task since 1952 and came out with an agreement on 8th January 1956 of closer association of employees with Management.

The three tier Joint consultative system as follows has helped:

In promoting improved performance for the general benefit of the enterprise, the employees and the country.


  • In giving employees a better understanding of their role and importance in the working of the
  • Industry and in the process of production.
  • In satisfying their urge for self – expression.