It is 2 days now since Italy based company’s Greater Noida office workers took law in hand and committed cold blooded murder of the company CEO. Definately it is an event which would go in bad light to corporate world. What is more disgusting is statement by Union labour minister Oscar Fernandes blaming the incident on the “simmering discontent among workers.”
The minister, who did not sound perturbed about the impact the incident would have on the morale of corporates operating in troubled spots, said the death of the CEO should “serve as a warning” for managements. “It is my appeal to managements that workers should be dealt with compassion,” the minister said.
The ‘root cause theory’ of the labour minister — in this case an ‘incompassionate corporate’ — is not new as the government leadership has been routinely coming out with similar explanations when attacks take place against innocent citizens. The terror attacks in the country are often blamed on “lack of development and education.” It is another matter that these theories are rarely substantiated as grievances of those who organise terror assaults seldom stem from economic or social issues. Coming back to Mr Fernandes’ take on the murder of the CEO, the minister said disparities in the working area was the cause of the trouble. “There are disparities in the wages of permanent employees and contract workers. The workers should not be pushed so hard that they resort to whatever that had happened in Noida,” he said. The minister said dwindling employment opportunities was a major worry. “The number of organised workers has been decreasing. It came down from 7% to 6%. We are going to discuss the matter of hire and fire policy in the next labour congress,” the minister said.
Mr Fernandes appear to consider the trade union rationale more credible. “The workforce is unable to express its simmering discontent over the management policies, leading to strained ties between them and the management,” he said.
What Oscar is missing is that nobody is above law. India has plentiful of laws and by laws to address any “discontent” through means of judiciary. What workers did in this case is nothing but crime and they can’t be considered anything but criminals who deserve the strictest punishment under the criminal law. I believe in judiciary in India. Oscar here has only substantiated that politicians have no brains of their own. Had he made same statement if the person who is murdered would have been one of his relatives?