National IR Conference 2016

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National IR Conference 2016

DAY 1

XLRI Jamshedpur, 9th January 2016: The Saturday morning was marked by much fan fair and enthusiasm as it was the day XLRI, the premier management institution conducted its 7th National Industrial Relations Conference in collaboration with International Industrial Relations Association (IIRA) and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FEG). Associate sponsors include Indian Oil, Brittania, Tata tinplate, Tata Motors, State Bank of India and Public Service International (PSI). The event was co-sponsored by ILO, New Delhi.

The theme of the conference “Changing Labour Market and Industrial Relations, Changing Times: Make in India and the Ensuring Labour Reforms”. The conference saw participation from a varied group, Trade Union leaders, Industry stalwarts, academia from all parts of the country and students from premier B-Schools. In attendance for the Inaugural Session were Shri P.P. Mitra, Principal Labour and Employment Advisor, Ministry of Labour and Employment Shri T.V. Narendran, Managing Director, Tata Steel and Prof. Kuriakose Mamkootam, Director and Professor, School of Business, Ambedkar University, Delhi. Mr. Narendran talked about the increasing need for collaboration between the management and the union. Prof. Mamakootam’s stirring address on the Make in India campaign, globalization and Labour Reform and the changing IR scenario.

The pre-lunch panel discussion on the “Make in India: Indian Labour Reforms and Perspective from global Best Practices” chaired by Prof. Ravi Srivastava, Professor, Centre for the study of Regional Development, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi with panelists including Dr. S.K. Sasikumar Senior Fellow V.V. Giri National Labour Institute, Shri Virjesh Upadhyay, All India General Secretary Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, Shri Sharad Patil, Ex-Director General, Employers’ Federation of India, Dr. Rohini Hensman, Independent Scholar, Dr. R. Krishna Murthy Director Industrial Relations Institute of India, Mumbai and Shri Gautam Mody General Secretary, New Trade Union Initiative. The panel was followed by an impassioned Q and A between the students and the panel.

The post lunch panel discussion was on “Industrial Relations in Unorganized Sector” chaired by “Shri Virjesh Upadhyay” with panelists that included Shri Sumant Kumar Sinha General Manager, ER W & CSR, TATA Motors, Dr. Sonia George General Secretary, Self Employed Women’s Association, Kerela, Ms Christine Nathan Ex-ILO official, Consultant, ILO, Mr. Karthik Shekhar General Secretary National Confederation of Unites, India, Deputy Preside for Professionals & Managers in UNI-APRO, Com. Jnan Sankar Majumdar National Vice President, Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), Ms. Shalini Sinha Sector Specialist, Home-based workers Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing, New Delhi.

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DAY 2

XLRI, Jamshedpur, 10th January 10, 2016: The Sunday morning marked the beginning of day 2 of the 7th National Industrial Relations Conference in collaboration with International Industrial Relations Association (IIRA) and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FEG). Associate sponsors include Indian Oil, Brittania, Tata tinplate, Tata Motors, State Bank of India and Public Service International (PSI). The event was co-sponsored by ILO, New Delhi, at XLRI.
The theme of the conference was “Changing Labour Market and Industrial Relations, Changing Times: Make in India and the Ensuring Labour Reforms”. Day 2 saw paper presentations, the final round of Trial by Fire season 2 and the Valedictory ceremony. Starting with the paper presentations, the morning saw paper presenters from across the country presenting their research. The papers were on three tracks. The first being “Make In India-Indian Labour reforms and perspectives from global best practices” chaired by Prof. Santanu Sarkar from XLRI. The second panel was on “Industrial Relations in the Unorganized Sector” chaired by Ms. Christine Nathan, Consultant-ILO. The third track was on “Emerging Issues in Industrial and Employment Relations in India” chaired by Dr. S K Sasikumar, Senior Fellow, V V Giri National Labour Institute. The paper presenters had been handpicked from over 46 entries and will be published in XLRI’s prestigious journal MLS. The presentations occurred to a full house and were attended by a variety of people from the academia, students, working professionals and TU leaders.

Occurring in parallel was the final case study round of the second edition of the Trial by Fire Season 2. The top six teams from the Trial by Fire online quizzing league were given cases designed by Tata Motors and had to present their solutions to the judges.

The valedictory session was graced by the presence of Prof. Achin Chakraborty, Director, Institute of Development Studies, Kolkata, Prof. Pranabesh Ray, Dean, Academics, XLRI and by Prof. Santanu Sarka, Associate Dean-Programs. The session started with opening remarks from Prof. Ray followed by a stirring summation of the conference proceedings by Prof Anuratha Venkatraman. This was followed by Prof. Achin Chakroborty’s valedictory address on causality between labour market reform and job creation. After the valedictory speech, there was the distribution of prizes to the winners of the paper presentations along with the winning team of Trial by Fire Season 2. The conference ended with Prof. Shyam Sundar’s warm Vote of Thanks.

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