Asian Review of Social Sciences (ARSS)
Work and Sept Stability through Equal Occupation Opportunity Platforms and Accord Making in IndiaAuthor : R.V. Palanivel
Volume 1 No.2 July-December 2012 pp 10-19
The purpose of this article is to assess the ability of formal Equal Wmployment Opportunity (EEO) programmes and workplace agreement making to facilitate work and family balance for women workers in India. This article uses documentary analysis and semi-structured interviews in six Indian organisations that are required to develop formal EEO programmes. Formal EEO programmes and agreement making are limited in their ability to promote work and family-friendly arrangements at the workplace. Informal arrangements and managerial discretion are important in realising work and care balance. The paper is Indian based, and the case studies were confined to six organisations, which restrict the findings. Leave and work arrangements need to be required within agreements and EEO programmes. Most programmes gravitate towards minimum requirements, hence, it is important to ensure that these minimum requirements provide for work and care reconciliation. Programmes beyond the workplace, such as funded childcare, are important in this context. The article highlights that formal mechanisms cannot achieve work and care reconciliation for women workers if they are built upon very limited minimum requirements, are voluntary and are dependent upon a bargaining process at the workplace.
Family Friendly Organizations, Equal Opportunities, Women Workers