A damn shame...
...that workers here in the Land Of The Formerly Free don't have this kind of balls. Hell, we'd have full union shops and universal health care by now. Oh, well.
The chief executive of Graziano Transmissioni India was yesterday beaten to death by a group of former workers when a meeting called to settle the dispute which led to their dismissal "turned sour", as the Guardian puts it. Lalit Kishore Choudhary, 47, was attempting to resolve an extended industrial dispute at the car parts …
Uttar Pradesh has problems with Maoist rebels/freedom-fighters/terrorists that have stated they will kill "capitalist running dog lackeys" like the unfortunate Mr Lalit, maybe the outsiders mentioned were Maoist agitators or the like. People are really surprised to hear there are still Maoist groups preaching the same outdated nonsense in modern India, just one of the perils of outsourcing to a country with such a steep difference between its developed zones and the impoverished countryside. Bit like Wales, really!
/mines the docker's jacket with the legend "Warning to management - member of the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh"....
"Police cuffed 63 former employees of Graziano in connection with Choudhary's murder, while a further 73 face charges of disturbing the peace" - leading to cries of "I'm Spartacus! I'm Spartacus!" etc. Can they charge 63 people with manslaughter? Perhaps they can. But if those 63 people stick together, no prison could hold them. No jury would convict them.
My experience is nothing industrial gets built in any area of India without copious amounts of bribes and wheeler-dealing. There will be interested parties - likely in the local government - that will want to ensure any such behaviour is a one-off, and they will think nothing of locking up 63 peasants on the one murder charge. Mind you, before any socialists start screaming about corrupt capitalists throwing bribes about, one of the first groups you have to "induce to your line of argument" is one or more of the communist trade unions that dominate Indian labour. Believe me, the teamsters are pretty average compared to some of these guys!
.... for the destruction of most every industrialized nations economies. Pension plans that bankrupt company coffers, twice as many holidays and paid days off as the non union sectors, paid even if laid off for years. Wow, this even sounds like the Gov jobs!
"No, no, no.... The fact that you had unions at all is why there is a car factory in Uttar Pradesh, and why Detroit has the highest unemployment rates in the US.
That's capitalism baby...."
No, no, no that's just the US with it's crappy employement laws, incredibley irresponsable CEOs ( and rampant union-busting). For example, Sweden aprox 78% of the work force are union members are there's relatively low unemployment (and their financial system is looking at lot healthier than the US's at the moement).
The laws, history, and political climate of the US is unique - don't assume its universal.
Well done the "outsid agitators"!
My doctor is Indian, my IT is Indian, my car parts are made in India, in my shopping centre the drains say 'India' on them (Braehead, just outside next) and the BT people who try sell me Tat are Indian.
Unfortunateley my management and bankers are still British.
Guess which ones work!
So what if this happens its a one off, did they loose close to $ 1000 billion in total this year?
And what can we do about it?
We cant buy cars, we cant enter into the sciences, we cant set up industries and now we cant even sell frikkin houses to each other.
About time we followed that example says I :)
Uhh... it could be that Detroit has spent the past 4 decades making disgusting automobiles is why there's a factory in Uttar Pradesh. I've read that Brits even know about the Aztek now. Sorry, that was better kept "domestic".
The Toyota, BMW, and Merc factories in the USA appear to be humming along reasonably well.
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