Trade Unions and their Role in a Steel Plant...

Trade Unions and their Role in a Steel Plant Trade unions are independent, membership-based establishments of the employees that represent and negotiate on their behalf. They function in the organization with their presence registered with the management. They give advice when their members have problems at work, represent members in discussions with the management, and help improve wages and working conditions through negotiations.  Trade unions also make sure that the statutory requirements are met. Other functions carried out by trade unions are to arrange education and learning opportunities for the employees, promote equal opportunities at work, fight against discrimination and help to ensure a healthy and safe working environment. Many unions also provide services for their members, such as welfare benefits, personal legal help and financial services. Trade unions function on the principle that if all the employees speak with the same voice, their concerns are more likely to be addressed. This involves union members in the same workplace getting together to talk about common problems, democratically taking collective decisions on workplace issues, and putting these views to the management. It can be very difficult for employees to speak individually to the management about workplace problems and to resolve their difficulty individually even assuming that they have the confidence to raise the issue. Individual members usually elect someone to speak on their behalf (a shop representative) and to discuss their concerns with management, whereas the trade unions normally have regular formal discussions. These negotiations are referred to as ‘collective bargaining’. Trade unions are financed through the individual contributions of their members. They continually seek to recruit members (encouraging new members to join by ‘organizing’) and to build an active membership, as this give unions stronger bargaining power in negotiations with the management. Trade unions...

Personnel Management in a Steel Plant...

Personnel Management in a Steel Plant Personnel management in a steel plant is concerned with obtaining, organizing, utilizing and motivating the human resources needed by the steel plant. It develops requisite organizational climate and management styles to promote effective effort of cooperation and trust amongst all the employees of the steel plant. It aims at getting effective results by organizing and directing the co-operative efforts of human beings. This also helps the organization in meeting its legal obligations and social responsibilities. Personnel management is an extension of the general management in the organization. It is concerned with promoting and stimulating competent work force so that they can make their fullest contribution to the organization for the achievement of its objectives and goals.  It exists to advise and assist the top management and the line managers regarding personnel matters. Hence personnel department functions basically as the staff department of the organization. Definition and roles of personnel management Personnel management can be defined as obtaining, using and maintaining a satisfied workforce. It is a significant part of management concerned with employees at work and with their relationship within the organization.  The following are the definitions of personnel management as given by the management experts. “Personnel management is the planning, organizing, compensation, integration and maintenance of people for the purpose of contributing to organizational, individual and societal goals.” – Flippo “Personnel management is that part which is primarily concerned with human resource of organization.” – Brech The main features of the roles of the personnel management (Fig 1) as it is applicable today were in place by the end of the 1970s and are summed up by Cannel (2004) as follows. The collective bargaining role – It is centred on the dealing with trades unions and the...