Madhav Verma (Om Puri) is an honest and straight-forward union representative at Shivalik Engineering Works. His position and effectiveness is challenged when Chhotelal (Pankaj Kapur) is injured. Rustom Patel (Naseeruddin Shah) is the rival union leader whose methods are completely opposite to Madhav's ideals. The two unions clash on the Chhotelal's compensation issue. The climax shows Madhav Verma using the same exact tactics of his rival against them.