In the 1970s and 80s, many Indian companies witnessed landmark events. Globalisation had not yet happened. Computers were just being introduced; and mobile phones and the internet were still ideas.
Those were the days when the biggest challenge Indian industries faced were labour problems. Misunderstandings between the various labour unions and the company managements occurred all the time.
Obviously, not all negotiations produced positive results. Many companies succumbed to those tense situations, eventually shutting down with entire industries suffering. Only a few organisations emerged as winners.
A key question often asked then was: Is it possible to have complete co-operation between unions and managements?
Well, even the experts weren’t sure of an answer. However, Chanakya had a solution.
He had said: “And without informing the employer, the union shall not remove anyone or bring in anyone.” (3.14.15)
So, in Chanakya’s time, while a union had to be completely in line with the wishes of the management, they also consulted each other before taking decisions.
So what are the lessons our generation can learn from this?
Whichever corporate office or industry we work in, we have to realise that we are not fighting against each other, but against the bigger enemies.