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Abstract

Disputes in domestic and multinational companies in India have risen since 2008. It is not sure whether labour unrest is here to stay or if it is just a side effect of the toppled economy. Citing a plethora of faults with employers, the labour community, represented by various organisations ranging from local trade unions to officers associations continuously engaged themselves in strikes and protests. The Indian economy which is about to lean heavily on the service sector will be affected if the problem is not solved soon. When Jet Airways pilots went on a strike for 5 days, there were millions of passengers who ended up in trouble. The results? a bad reputation for both the company and employees plus great monetary loss. While India''s age old labour laws stand safeguarding the interests of the supposedly less powerful ''employee'' community with a few amendments over the years, ironically, labour unrest is growing in the country. Is it time to modify India''s labour laws? Who is on the wrong side, employees or employers? The case deals with the labour laws in India and its effect and influence in the modern day trade unions and businesses. Explaining the case of the Jet Airways labour dispute in 2009, the case brings in the issues of increasing labour discontent and makes a case for why a major reform in labour legislations is required. This case can be used to: (1) understand the need and importance of Indian labour laws and have an overview of all the laws related to Indian workers; (2) discuss the causes for the increase in labour disputes in India in general and that of Jet Airways in particular; (3) discuss and debate all the possible ways of and means to resolve the impasse between Jet Airways retrenched pilots and Jet Airways management and to address the stand-off amicably; and (4) discuss and debate labour relations in India and the influence of the Trade Union Act 1926.
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Abstract

Disputes in domestic and multinational companies in India have risen since 2008. It is not sure whether labour unrest is here to stay or if it is just a side effect of the toppled economy. Citing a plethora of faults with employers, the labour community, represented by various organisations ranging from local trade unions to officers associations continuously engaged themselves in strikes and protests. The Indian economy which is about to lean heavily on the service sector will be affected if the problem is not solved soon. When Jet Airways pilots went on a strike for 5 days, there were millions of passengers who ended up in trouble. The results? a bad reputation for both the company and employees plus great monetary loss. While India''s age old labour laws stand safeguarding the interests of the supposedly less powerful ''employee'' community with a few amendments over the years, ironically, labour unrest is growing in the country. Is it time to modify India''s labour laws? Who is on the wrong side, employees or employers? The case deals with the labour laws in India and its effect and influence in the modern day trade unions and businesses. Explaining the case of the Jet Airways labour dispute in 2009, the case brings in the issues of increasing labour discontent and makes a case for why a major reform in labour legislations is required. This case can be used to: (1) understand the need and importance of Indian labour laws and have an overview of all the laws related to Indian workers; (2) discuss the causes for the increase in labour disputes in India in general and that of Jet Airways in particular; (3) discuss and debate all the possible ways of and means to resolve the impasse between Jet Airways retrenched pilots and Jet Airways management and to address the stand-off amicably; and (4) discuss and debate labour relations in India and the influence of the Trade Union Act 1926.

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