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KOLKATA: After the UK steelworkers' union, it is now the turn of Tata Motors union to join the ongoing slugfest between Ratan Tata and Cyrus Mistry. And predictably, they have thrown their weight behind Tata who had once famously said, "If you want to walk fast, walk alone but if you want to walk far, walk together".

Reflecting this sentiment, the Tata Motors Employees Union in Pune has extended the full support of the union and its workmen, to Ratan Tata, and issued a statement stating their loss of faith in Cyrus Mistry's leadership. Signed by all office bearers, the union has also rubbished the allegations made by Mistry in his letter to the shareholders of group firms, that a "key reform measure" was undermined to get the trade union's support.


The Tata Motors Union letter states that this loss of confidence in Mistry results from the union members remaining unconvinced of the 'Measure for Performance' initiative despite as many as 16 meetings. The union letter also characterises Mistry's leadership with being deliberately misleading, since despite repeated verbal assurances of an impending settlement, no concrete action has been taken even after 15 months. Emphasizing the need for workmen and management to be two sides of a well-balanced equation in any company, the Tata Motors Union letter expressed shock that a person of the stature of Mistry would resort to such immature actions.
The Tata Motors Union also decried inferences in Mistry' earlier communication that their office bearers' calling on Ratan Tata would in turn impact the ongoing discussions between the management of Tata Motors and the Tata Motors Employees' Union on the productivity-linked wage settlement.

Quashing these allegations as lies, the union, in its letter, has clearly stated that the meeting with Tata on November 10, 2016 was planned well in advance and not one to negotiate a deal. At the meeting Tata appealed to all the workers of Tata Motors to work hard for the benefit of the company. The Union did not discuss any issue or topic related to long term wage settlements.
The letter also specifically places focus on the settlements of 2003, 2006 and 2009 under the leadership of Tata, where the Union had accepted quality, productivity, safety and profit-linked wage agreement linked to the prosperity of the company, which showed continuous improvements till 2012.

Courtesy: TOI

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