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2nd National IR Summit at XLRI focusses on Changing Labour Landscape

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Jamshedpur : Embodying XLRI’s traditional stand as the national leader in the industrial relations discipline, 24th – 25th November witnessed the national IR Summit, an endeavor by the Forum for Industrial Relations at XLRI to bridge the gap between the predicted and the practiced as regards recent trends in the industrial relations scenario.

Beginning with release of the national IR journal Dhyuti, the theme for the Summit was: “The Changing Labour Landscape: Non-traditional Unionization | NEEM Scheme | Labour Codes”. There was a workshop conducted around this by Abhijeet Kadam, General Manager – IR Transformation and Mr. Raj Kiran Saraswat, Manager, HR of Reliance Industries Limited. This was followed by a workshop on “Participative Management and the Impact of Automation on a Changing Workforce” by Mr. Martin Shah, ex-HR/IR Head, Tata Steel and Mr. Raghunath Pandey, Ex-President, Tata Workers Union.

The Summit saw the first National Labour Parliament, a simulation of parliamentary proceedings with the objective of formulating a draft bill around the agenda of
“A central law for recognition of trade unions and the necessary elements therein.” Other events included an IR strategy simulation involving collective bargaining and fact finding, a compliance challenge and the culmination of the traditional year-long management quizzing league.

Witnessing participation from industry experts, academicians and student delegates, the Summit marked a milestone in inculcating an impassioned dialogue amongst the stakeholders about the nuances of the national and global labour scenario.

The Forum for Industrial Relations at XLRI, founded as a discussion forum in 1996, is the committee responsible for the promotion of industrial relations at XLRI. [email protected] is the hub of all IR related activities in XLRI and aims to inculcate a dialogue amongst the student community about key aspects of Employee Relations/ Industrial Relations.

It helps the students foray into the dynamic world of industrial disputes, resolutions, bargaining and agreements. [email protected] undertakes a multitude of activities throughout the academic year, such as industry interfacing sessions, live projects/case studies, and has two publications, a monthly e-newsletter and an annual journal, aimed at keeping the Labour Law and IR culture alive at XLRI, something which the institute’s roots are steeped in and that remains, till date, its distinguishing factor.

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