Michael John Centre for Research and Human Resources Development, an educational wing of Tata Workers’ Union was inaugurated by Late Mr Rajiv Gandhi on 18th October 1984. The Centre aims at preserving excellent industrial relations, industrial peace and harmony and improving the quality of life of workers through research studies, workers development programmes, seminars and workshops.
The Centre started off its activities by conducting annual lectures in the memory of Late Michael John, the former President of Tata Workers Union. The event was named as Michael John memorial lecture, started by Late V.G.Gopal, former President of the Tata Workers Union and till date we had 23 eminent personalities delivering the lecture on different topics.
The first lecture was delivered by Bharat Ratna J.R.D. Tata, former Chairman of Tata Steel, in 1985, followed by Sri G.Ramanujam, former President of INTUC, Sri L.K.Jha, noted Economist, Dr.P.P.Narayan, former President-ICFTU, Sri S.K.Jain, former Dy.Director General-ILO, Justice C.S.Dharmadhikari, Retd. Judge, Bombay High Court, Dr.V.Krishna Murthy, Chairman-Maruti Udyog Ltd, Sri Russi Mody, former Chairman & Managing Director, Tata Steel, Sri R.Venkatraman, former President of India, Sri Ratan Tata, Chairman – Emeritus, Tata Steel, Sri Gopeshwar, former General Secretary-INTUC, Sri P.A.Sangma, former Speaker of Lok Sabha, Dr.J.J.Irani, former M.D. Tata Steel, Mr. R.P.Billimoria, Charman & MD, Billimoria Consultant Pvt. Ltd., Fr. E.H. Mc Grath, Director, Human Life Centre, Balasore, Orissa, Dr.Karan Singh, Member of Rajya Sabha, Prof.A.P.J.Abdul Kalam, former President of India, Mr B Muthuraman, Former M.D, Tata Steel, Mr Oscar Fernandes, Former Minister, Govt. of India, Mr S K Benjamin, Former President of TWU, Mr H M Nerurkar, Former M.D Tata Steel and Lastly Sri Prakash Jaiswal, Former Minister, Govt of India.
The person delivering the lecture is also awarded with Michael John memorial Gold medal. Late Mr V G Gopal was also awarded with this Gold medal( posthumous).
The speakers delivered their lecture on different issues related to workers problems, education, trade union problems, Labour Management Relationship, Innovation and training and others, A detailed report is given below :
Year Lecture By Topic
1985 J R D Tata : Working and Growing Together
1986 G Ramanujam : Towards New Culture
1987 L K Jha : Strategy for full employment
1988 Dr P P Narayan : Trade Union in the 21st century – the challenges ahead
1989 S K Jain : Technology employment and the Quality of Work
1990 C S Dharmadhikari : Dignity of labour
1991 Dr V Krishnamurthy : Labour Management partnership for global Competitiveness
1992 Russi Mody : Probing into the future
1993 R Venkatraman : Labour Relation for productivity and Quality
1994 V G Gopal(Posthumous) : Trade Union – A positive factor of nation building
1995 Ratan Tata : On Human bond and Values
1996 Gopeshwar : Industrial Growth scenario today
1997 P A Sangama : Trade Union solidarity Dignity of Labour
1998 Dr J J Irani : The role of industrial relations in the Changing industrial scenario
1999 R P Billimoria Building and sustaining together Michael John foot step
2000 Fr. E.H. Mc Grath : Significant features of the world of work Today
2001 Dr Karan Singh : Labour Management Relationship
2002 Prof A P J Abdul kalam : Quality of Man
2003 B Muthuraman : Tata Steel on economic value and industrial relation
2007 Oscar Fernendes : Importance of Technical Education
2009 S K Benjamin : Industrial peace and Harmony
2010 H M Nerurkar : On innovation, education and training
2011 Sri Prakash Jaisawal : On cordial Relationship between TWU And Tata Steel based on principle of trusteeship
The Twenty fourth Michael John Memorial Lecture was delivered by Dr G Sanjeeva Reddy President-INTUC on 2nd May, 2018 and he received the Michael John Memorial Gold Medal. He spoke on the topic “Future of the Work”