In my engineering organisation I have one employee (machinist) having 25 years service at same set up. He is the most skilled and dedicated worker with an exemplary attitude who can be assigned to any job regarding his trade. Despite such expertise, skill & experience, he cannot be promoted from the workers category to the supervisor category due to organisational promotion policy.
As per policy from promotion of charge hand to AFM (Assistant Foreman), a technician has to qualify following criteria.
Minimum 20 years service
Passing a written exam with 50% marks having 50% overall weighting
Practical exam with 20% weighting
Verbal exam to check for knowledge with 20% weighting
Annual assessment of last 5 years with 10% weighting.
A worker fulfilling the above criteria is promoted to AFM and FM strictly on merit.
Unfortunately the worker I am talking about cannot qualify the written exam due to being very weak in English. Other technicians of his enrollment era with relatively less skill have already been promoted to Foreman. He has 10 years remaining service and as he cannot pass the written exam, he will have to retire in the same grade.
I feel that it is not fair that a worker of this caliber cannot be promoted due to being weak in English. I want to take up his promotion case with my managing director. Please advise me on which stance I should convince my MD to relax our rules and promote him as an exclusive case.