The mid-level and blue-collar workers of these units, consisting of 40-300 employees, will be trained via a five-module course by consultants and technical experts on optimum utilization of available resources, thereby increasing productivity. The course, with registration fee of Rs 10,000, will educate the trainees from cutting delays on the shop floor to setting realisable short-term goals in turnover.
Thomas Kring, Chief Technical Advisor, ILO, said that more than 40 per cent of the labour in leather, automobile and textile sector in the State come under casual labour.
S. Sivagnanam, Additional Industrial Advisor, Ministry of MSME said, “With this association, employees on the lower rungs will be exposed to the nuances of raising productivity.” He further said that the ministry, under its Lean Project, has been working with managers and business heads in around 100 pilot projects to increase productivity and cut costs.
ILO has so far trained 42 companies across the country in the past 18 months. The organization is now conducting a $5 million study on the conditions of grassroot labour across India, Nepal and Bangladesh.