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West Bengal- Some Habits Are Cancerous

West Bengal- Some Habits Are Cancerous

December 15, 1973 The average daily wage of workers in other units would thus come to about Rs 11.60, whereas in Deepak and allied units about 150 workers get less than Rs 4 per day and about 100 workers are paid between Rs 4 and Rs 6. The average wage of a worker in the Deepak units is about Rs 5 per day, so that the units' wage bill is almost Rs 8 lakhs lower per annum than it would be if they were to pay wages at the average rates prevailing in the industry. The situation of the workers of the Deepak units in respect of the other terms of employment are equally unsatisfactory. Out of the entire work force, only one worker is permanent. The provident fund scheme has been applied to only about 30 workers. The Employees State Insurance Scheme (ESIS) has not been, implemented at all. To keep practically all of the work force temporary, wages are not paid on registers. Worse still, just as a worker is about to complete the stipulated period of employment after which hi would become eligible as a permanent employee, he is discharged and his legal dues paid off; the worker continues to work, but is paid on a voucher so that, in the records of the company, there is a break in his service.

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