The Model Grievance Procedure

The Model Grievance Procedure was formulated in pursuance to the Code of discipline adopted by the 16th Session of the Indian Labour Conference in 1958. Most of the grievance procedures now a day are built around the Model Grievance Procedure with certain changes to suit the size and special requirements of an enterprise. The model Grievance Procedure provides for five successive time-bound steps. These are as under:

(1) An aggrieved employee shall first present his grievance verbally in person to the officer designated by the Management for this purpose. An answer shall be given to him within 48 hours of the presentation of the complaint.

(2) If the worker is not satisfied with the decision of this officer or fails to receive an answer within the stipulated period, he shall in person or by his departmental representative, if required, present his grievance to the head of the department designated by the management for this purpose. And he will get the answer within 3 days of the presentation of his grievance.

(3) If the decision of the departmental head is unsatisfactory, the aggrieved worker may request the forwarding of his grievance to the Grievance Committee, which shall make its recommendations to the management within 7 days of the worker’s request. The final decision of the management shall be communicated to the worker within the stipulated period (3 days) by the Personnel Officer.

(4) A revision of his grievance can be done if the decision is not satisfactory. The management shall communicate its decision within a week.

(5) If no agreement is possible the union and the Management may refer the grievance to voluntary arbitration within a week from the date of receipt by the worker of the management’s decision.

In the above-mentioned procedure the following points should be noted:

• Calculating the various time intervals under the above clauses, holidays shall not be included.

• The Management shall provide the necessary clerical and other assistance for the smooth functioning of the grievance machinery.

• During the working time, the concerned person may go for enquiry with the Labour/personnel Officer, provided the he has taken permission from his supervisor. Hence he may not suffer any loss of payment.