Tata Steel, which already has five per cent of its total staff, that is about 1,750 women on the shopfloor presently, is all set to increase the proportion of women working on its shopfloor to 10 per cent of the workforce in the next six years.
The Company will also be focussing on making available more avenues for women to grow in the technical/ manufacturing departments. It has already started two new shifts at its Jamshedpur plant allowing women on the shopfloor from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Earlier, women used to be allowed on the shopfloor between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. only.
Though the Company had to incorporate several changes, as per the local rules, to make it convenient for women to work in shifts, the ball has already been set in motion.
The employees have been provided sensitisation sessions and security systems have also been put up to ensure safety. The families of the women employees have also been spoken to. As a result, more than 50 women are already active on the shopfloor in various shifts. In the near future, the Company hopes to include more women in all the other departments and sections.
At the Jharkhand plant, of the 20,000 strong workforce, there are 1300 women. Almost 500 are officers and 800 non-officers. Of the latter, 52 work on the shopfloor.