Siemens India Case Study

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Industrial relations at SIEMENS INDIA History of SIEMENS in India In 1956, German conglomerate Siemens ventured into the Indian subcontinent and started a small Switchboard manufacturing workshop in Mumbai. Headquartered in Mumbai, Siemens India has transformed into a well functioning business majorly designing, manufacturing, selling and maintaining electrical equipment and services. Since the early 2000s, Siemens’ Indian operations have shown unprecedented growth and have become strategically important for global business – mainly due to multiple acquisitions and joint ventures, innovation, the introduction of new services in the electrical and electronics industry. With about 20 manufacturing units spread across India, Siemens is active in the energy, industry, healthcare and infrastructure sectors. ABOUT SIEMENS WORKERS UNION (SWU) At present, the largest union in existence for Siemens India is the Siemens Workers Union (SWU). Issues concerning the labour and industrial relations have ranged from basic wages and working conditions in the 1960s to trade union rivalry in the turbulent 1970s to downsizing in the 1990s and the recent fight against de-unionisation. Formation of SWU In 1960, the Engineering and General Employees Union (EGEU) came into existence when the employees in Siemens decided to organise themselves formally. However, due to the underrepresentation of white-collar employees like the clerical and administrative staff, the Siemens Employees Union (SEU) was

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