Honoring the achievements of working men and women is emblematic of the International Labor Day. Can and Will they really revel and rejoice in celebrations on May 1, 2014 ?
The SEVEN realities that can possibly dampen their enthusiasm and render them confined to their shell(s). Here I go :
1. Industry is not performing in harmonious units today. Reasons are manifold and obvious too.
2. Delays in seeking regulatory approvals and project(s) completion caused an unexpected and humongous cost overrun and strain further shrinking the industry spend. Obvious again. Excellent scope for investigations here !
3. The strong pick up witnessed in the IT ( Information Technology ) led office demand – specially in infrastructure – has further reduced the need for manual efforts. Studies galore but still opportunities for the interested investigator here !
4. Sharp retardation in Agriculture and Construction ( two major spots of employment in India specially) activities has taken its toll on employees.
5. Stumbling economy has reduced the creation of New Jobs specially in the last THREE years.
6. Although public investment(s) have improved, a matching private investment has not been visible to effect the Job Growth. Obvious again from data.
7. Public discontent against an administration injured and impaired by charges of scams, graft and policy uncertainty/indistinctiveness has grown to become a demoralizing factor.
Society is moving from ‘labor by hand’ to ‘labor by brain’ with accelerated pace – with each passing year, month and DAY.
Workers are transiting to the ‘strain tide’ from ‘spring tide’.
Expectations for the industrial scene to change for the better are increasing.
People in general and workers in particular look for a ‘NEW LEADERSHIP’ that will stand for their rights and not for the wealthy.
Industry stalwarts face the daunting task of (a) Optimization of Resources; (b) Maximization of Productivity; and (c) Maximization of Efficiency – a cycle that was witnessed in the late eighties and early nineties and combated effectively !
” Can we conclude that to the worker, this day, does not seem to bear upon the matter in hand ! “
FIGURES : 1. Top Left : “Effort to Satisfy their Needs” – Over 3.5 million employed in Indian Construction Industry. A small unorganized player ( working for a prime contractor) in display here. Steel frame work in a residential development. Traditional Technology and not Pre Fab still rules amongst these thousands and thousands of penny players.
2. Top Right : ” Over elaboration in Play ” – Laying Concrete. Construction Industry contributed 8.5% to the national GDP.
3. Bottom Left : “Devotion to Labor ” – Steel frame work in Progress. 16% of National Working Population (India) depends on Construction activity for its livelihood.
4. Bottom Right : “Ready to experience the travail(s)” – Concrete mix taken up for laying. Over 500 Construction equipment manufacturing companies in India.
” Dieu avec nous “
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 – 7.59 a.m.
Tidbit : “Labor rids us of three great evils : Tediousness, Vice and Poverty. “