ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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LABOUR-Plight of Temporary Workers of Bombay Port

for long been a source of acute lordship and discontent among dock workers. As early as in 1931 the Royal Commission on Labour had emphasised the importance of decasualisation of dock labour. According to the Commission, "the aim should be first to regulate the number of dock labourers in accordance with the requirements and, secondly, to ensure that the dis- tri" ion of employment depends not orl. .the caprice of the intermediaries but on a system which, as far as possible, gives all efficient men an equal share". After the publication of the Report of the Royal Commission, the Government of India drew up a draft scheme in 1939 which provided, among other things, for payment of attendance money or monthly minimum wage and the inclusion of shore labour in the register. Consideration of this scheme was, however, put off several times and the scheme was ultimately dropped on the ground that decasualisation could not be proceeded with due to war conditions.

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