Adapting the Work to the Worker: Internal Actions for Empowerment
In its thirty years, ALIMCO has emerged as a pioneer company in South-Asia and Africa in the field of empowerment of persons with disability. The company has employed 72 disabled persons out of 544 employees constituting 13.24% of its total strength. These disabled persons have been provided on the job training to handle variety of jobs.
ALIMCO is one of the first organizations in India that has been built on the 'ALL ACCESS' philosophy. There are no architectural barriers for disabled workers in the factory. By providing ramps with side railings, large size western style toilets, washbasins at convenient height and a lift for a three-story building and special doors, the Wheelchair bound tradesman can move in any of the buildings of the Corporation. A large number of jigs & fixtures have been manufactured permitting the disabled to use them and achieve the desired level of accuracy in production. The company adapts the work to the worker.
ALIMCO also maintains healthy relations with labour unions authorized to negotiate on issues relating to labour welfare. As a result of healthy industrial relations, the company has achieved 140% capacity utilisation. The concept of 'Workers Participation in Management' is effectively implemented by involving them in Shop and Plant Level Committees.
There is a total prohibition on child, forced and compulsory labour in the Corporation.
Rights and opportunities of female employees in the company are fully ensured and they are given equal opportunities for participation and development.As a result of minor modifications carried out to suit the disability of a person, the productivity of such disabled employees has been observed to be by and large higher than normal employees.
? Availability of employment to much more persons with disabilities (i.e. 13.24%) than statutory requirement of 3% as laid by the Government of India.
? Ensuring personal safety of disabled persons during work and accuracy and precision in the output by development of special tools, jigs and fixtures etc.
? Tremendous increase in the productivity of disabled employees (in some cases more than 200%) due to minor modifications in the manufacturing process suiting the disability of employees.
? Ensuring maximum labour welfare by effective recognition of the right of labour to collective bargaining.
? Protection of rights of children by prohibition of child labour.
? Protection of human rights by elimination of forced and compulsory labour.
? Recognition of rights of women to equal participation by prohibition of gender discrimination
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