Diversified conglomerate Mahindra & Mahindra's outgoing group Chairman Keshub Mahindra on Monday asked its workforce to work together with the management in order to scale newer heights.
The comment from Mahindra, who has been the Chairman of the group for the last 45 years, comes at a time when rival automobile firm Maruti Suzuki is facing its one of the worst worker-management relationship that escalated into a severe violence, killing one senior official and injuring 100 others.
"No matter what you dream and what you wish to achieve, you will not achieve it unless you work together. My request to you is that in the years to come, please work together," Mahihdra said while addressing the workers at the Kandivali plant in Mumbai.
In his last visit to the plant as the Chairman of the group, 88-year old Mahindra emphasized the need of a cordial and peaceful relationship for a healthy progress of all the stakeholders.
M&M Chief People Officer (Automotive and Farm Equipment Sectors) Rajeshwar Tripathi said: "When it comes to dealing with people in difficult situations, what is important is to deal with the issue and not with the person. Don't hurt the dignity of the person but focus on the issue and try to find a win-win situation."
Expressing similar views, Mahindra Workers Union President Rajeev Sawhney said: "We have had reciprocal relationship with management. Both the management and the workers will have to understand that healthy industrial relationship is paramount."
Satish Sawant, a machine operator at the Kandivali plant that has about 5,000 employees said the workers never had any problems with the management.
"...there won't be problems in future as well because both the management and the union discuss issues at transparent manner and take decisions together which the workers follow," he added.
Mahindra, who has remained as one of the Directors on Mahindra & Mahindra's board for 63 years, will retire as the Chairman on August 8. His nephew and the current Vice Chairman and Managing Director Anand Mahindra will take over the baton from him thereafter.