|Issue No 41||26 November 1999|
Letters to the Editor
For Whom Belanger Tolls
I read with interest this morning Peter Lewis interview of Marc Belanger the on line pioneer. I recall my participation in 1981 in a technology conference of white collar trade unions organised by FIET which was attended by insurance and bank unions. I had two other trade union colleagues from india with me.
After my return I began to speak about the possibilty of total computerisation of banking and insurance to my large constituency which then was over 1,50,000. Whereever I went I spoke about the rapid technological changes in the pipeline and asked bank employees to take note of the changes that will come to India pretty soon. Leftist unions
went on saying they will resist introduction of new technology.Tthey did resist for a short while. By 1985 it was rammed into their throats.For every change to new technology they did trade off to convince their rank and file that they are getting something in return.
I have been trying to convince trade unionists to quickly join the internet revolution. Managements have taken to it Trade Unions are slow.
In a international discussion on the internet on Labour 2000 I had occasion last week to suggest almost the same thing Marc has suggested. A Labour college not at the international leve alone l but at national levels which will confer recognised degrees and diplomas to trade unionists, Labour education must begin in schools. I think trade unions should begin talking to students in the schools and colleges about labour movement as these constitute future workers.
At 65 I am trying to learn HTML to be able to upload labour matter on the first Labour Web site I am trying to build. I have not succeeded yet.I will before long.
Labour movement itself talks of its own set back -a self fulfilling prophecy. I think labour movement is becoming defeatist. There is hope still. They have to change and accept all the modern tools managements use.
L.V.Subramaniam Editor Labour Herald, Herald Features President Indian Managerial & Professional Employees Centre(IMPEC)
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