Name and occupation of a person makes you imagine his appearance even before you meet him. I was expecting to meet a rather tall, stocky individual as you see those coming from towns near Pune. Perhaps I expected him to sport handlebar moustaches as do many from Satara and Sangli.
Under Thakare’s leadership the union devised and implemented a novel scheme with Dena Bank. From the funds raised by membership fee of Rs 100 pm or Rs 1200 pa, the union buys a personal accident insurance of Rs 5 Lakhs for each member. After deducting apportioned expenses, the amount is divided equally among members and a Fixed Deposit is created in the joint names of each member and the union. This Fixed Deposit is for a period of one year. The interest earned is compounded each year. The worker-members receive the amount when they leave the organisation after completing 5 yrs of membership, or on their retirement.
As I was speaking to Keshav Gholve in his Union’s office, I noticed a ‘poster’ on the wall. It said [in Marathi] ‘Management and Union are like a bird’s [Industry] two wings.’ No bird can fly with just one wing. It also represents the new found assertion for ‘equal partner status’ of the unions.
Is this change going to spread? It should. What say you?
Vivek S Patwardhan
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