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

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WEST BENGAL-Who s Afraid of Minimum Wages

the workers of HEC are the victims of this atmosphere, as it corrodes the working class character of a section of workers. Coming back to the main question, linking wage increases with increased productivity (or even production) would mean a wage freeze. This is what the unions have to counter. Unofficially, it is being said that the government had dropped the attempt to link increase in wages with production. What new guidelines will be issued is not yet certain, but the Bureau of Public Enterprises' old guideline of not allowing a more than 10 per cent wage increase is still valid. Given the desperate resource position of the Central government it is likely that an attempt will be made to further cut that down and impose a virtual wage-freeze under some formula or the other.

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