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UKArchive ID: 10666Corporate Greed (Screw the corporation) by chrisk
Originally published on February 11, 2005 in Non-Fiction

This artcle is based on facts.



CORPORATE GREED

(Screw the corporation)

By C R Krishnan





I just read Soman Panicker’s ( Soman) ‘Economy Drive (Corporate Style)’ on the site

And this reminded me of certain people, and the things they did while I was working for an Indian Government company at London Heathrow airport.

In the early part of 1970’s the company had a staff of around 500 of which around 100 worked in the City of London, at the Headquarters.

The employees were a mixture of Indians around 40%, and the rest British. All senior personnel including the Managing Director were posted from Bombay. I, like a few other Indians were locally recruited and as these managers came on a posting lasting just 3 years all the real work was carried out by the local staff. A majority of the overseas postings were given to the Indian staff as a reward for long service and some of them were given these lucrative postings because they were arse lickers of the bosses back in India. So the general standard was very poor and most of them were there to screw the company and get most out of it before their postings were over.

Out of many, three examples spring to my mind.

1) My boss in 1973 was a Bombay fellow posted here for the usual three years. He was one of those vegetarian Madrasee Brahmins who was so transparently honest, and everyone felt that he is above board in all the things he did. Not so. He was travelling from Bombay to London and his baggage was over carried to New York JFK Airport. Now this fellow was already here for about a year so he was not going to miss his personal belongings for a few days, right? However there is a proviso that if your baggage is missing for more than 24 hours you can claim compensation. Knowing well that his baggage has landed safely at JFK (there was a telex confirmation) and knowing that it will take well over twenty four hours to get back, he immediately filed a claim for loss and made me go all the way to the Accounts office to get the money, a mere £100! The baggage landed the following day and he was smiling from ear to ear as he had the compensation as well. This man was a senior officer of the company who was supposed to lead by example.

2) The second officer who was given a posting was initially staying with me, in my house for about a week before his accommodation was sorted out. However he was entitled to claim for hotel accommodation amounting up to £20 a day (about £100 today’s price). I did not charge him for the stay but he claimed around £100 (£500 today) from the company for hotel accommodation. Those days’ officers were trusted so there was no need to produce a bill or receipt.

3) This is what a Security Officer who was posted from Bombay did. This fellow had the power to investigate and question staff about anything. He had on rental, a TV/Video and a fridge. Just before he finished his posting he instructed the rental people to remove the goods and the following day reported that his flat has been burgled and a TV/Video and fridge were missing. He even called the police to make it look authentic. However some one ratted on him and he was sent back pronto and never got another foreign posting.





             I am an Indian by birth and many people might feel why I should bring my own people down. In any country there is corruption and greed and we are no exception.


The company paid a very heavy price due to these peoples actions.
It is now handled by a local firm and most work has been contracted out and the total employees now stands at around 40, including only a handful of Indians from Bombay.












© chrisk (chrisk on OLD UKA)
UKArchive ID: 10666
Archived comments for Corporate Greed (Screw the corporation)
Apolloneia on 2005-02-11 23:51:56
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You are very right to say that this is based on facts, on reality, a sad reality. The three cases really gave me an idea and although I was not aware of how exactly things work, I managed to fully grasp the situation you described and agree with your conclusion. So indeed in any country there is corruption and greed and this is what those two FACTS create: an unpleasant, unfortunate future state of things "only a handful of Indians from Bombay" in this case, a situation probably irreversible for future generations who would only want to make a decent leaving and who would not be greedy or corrupted at all like their predecessors.

Apolloneia

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chrisk on 2005-02-12 00:50:44
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Apolloneia
Thank u for your comments. You hit it right on the nail. Well, the future generation suffered as atleast some of them were not bad, especially the engineering staff who serviced the big engines and some flight crew.
Regards
Chrisk

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Claire on 2005-02-12 09:08:08
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I can't believe they tried those! I'm speechless!

What an eye opener. This has been a very interesting read.

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Kat on 2005-02-12 09:36:10
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Hi Chrisk

I really enjoyed reading this informative piece and what a great title!

Cheers

Kat 🙂

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tai on 2005-02-12 10:19:27
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Hi Chrisk, this is the first piece of your that I have read, it was very well presented in a, dare I say it civil servant, neat way. I read till the end and understand your reasons for exposing your countryman. I could not help but feel however that this is a very tiny tip of the iceburg of corporate corruption and fraud in the world. It made me smile infact, but all theft is theft, I would agree.

I look forward to reading more of your work.

tai

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gouri on 2005-02-13 20:02:43
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Chrisk, the title is skillfully elaborated. These greedy fellows can swallow anything for their own profit.

This reminds me of something relating to your first point. Recently, my son was back from USA. After reaching IG International airport he found his baggage missing. He got it three days later. He was late in lodging his claim – a genuine claim – could have claimed compensation. At the end of the day he was happy to get back his baggage.

If greed possesses you, it’s hard to get rid of it.

Well crafted - clever and cunning.

Love
Gouri.



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chrisk on 2005-02-13 20:16:36
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Hi Claire
How r u? Many thanks for your comments. There were many similar cases, believe it ,my dear.
Love
Chrisk


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chrisk on 2005-02-13 20:19:57
Re: Corporate Greed (Screw the corporation)
Kat
Thank u. That was what it was. Greed. These people had handsome allowances. They had free flights for all the family, full rent and extra money given to them to live here besides their Indian salary.
Love
Chrisk

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chrisk on 2005-02-13 20:22:05
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Tai
Thank u very much. It was rather painful for me to write this. Its not very nice, is it? Wish I was writing well about something else!
Regards
Chrisk

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chrisk on 2005-02-13 20:25:45
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Hi Gouri
Thank u for your comments. I am grateful. I had thought about this for a long time and always hesitated to write about incidents like these as it exposed one's own countrymen. But they are very tiny tiny percentage of people and thats my consolation.
Love to u
Chrisk

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soman on 2005-02-14 03:26:10
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by Soman, Sunday February 13 @1620 GMT

I can't fault you, Chrisk, there is no denying that graft is the most thriving industry in India, - as in many other Asian & African countries. But then look at what US invaders were doing in Iraq, where one of the top Oil corporations siphoned off billions; or the UN administration itself which is under a cloud today!..... back in India, I would have a few funny tales of this genre which I hope to narrate - some other time!

Soman

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chrisk on 2005-02-14 05:02:39
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Soman
Many thanks for your kind comments. Well this was for me sad episodes. You are in a foreign country and you get a chance to work for an Indian corporation, wow, to me that was a fantastic feeling. Then these people virtually rape the company in front of you and you are helpless to do anything about it. Here in UK also there are many who have, by their greed ruined other peoples livelihood. I look forward to seeing some of your observations.


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ish on 2005-02-14 23:21:13
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Hi Chris
It seems to me that there are some wicked people about who have an eye for a bit of corruption if it comes their way. I don't think this sort of thing is limited to your former company.

Ian

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chrisk on 2005-02-15 02:17:47
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Ian
I know its not limited to one company, but it happened in the company I was in and I lost faith in my boss whom I looked up to. Thats the sad part for me.
Regards
Chris

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walters on 2005-02-17 09:49:52
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You are right. And it is okay to point out the corruption wherever you find it. Odd as it may seem, Cuba was once rated as the least corrupt country. However the workers have become so impoverished that many of them think it is moral to steal from their state-owned businesses. Their code word for this "moral" theft is "Resolve."

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chrisk on 2005-02-17 19:51:15
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Walters
Thank u for ur comments. Its everywhere and thats a tragedy. Just a few rotten apples etc.,.
Regards
Chris

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Mehitable on 2005-02-18 12:19:47
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What an interesting and refreshingly recounted story. I used to live in Italy, which, as you may well know is famous for its corruption - but I really fear that corporate corruption in the UK could top the charts now and that it's perpetrated by those we trust most.
Hey ho, dark times
X Mehitable

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chrisk on 2005-02-18 19:36:25
Re: Corporate Greed (Screw the corporation)
Mehitable
Thank u for ur comments. The strange thing is that people who are doing this are all well off anyway. They don't really need these small amounts. I think if u r gonna steal, steal a million! (kidding):-)
Regards
Chris

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