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

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CIVIL LIBERTIES-Citizen and Fare-Hikes

workers in different public undertakings and the different levels of wage revisions which have been arrived at through bipartite negotiations which result, it is argued, in competitive claims by workers. The increase in wages and allowances under the new agreements range from about 11 per cent to over 20 per cent as in the case of coal workers. It is, therefore, argued that greater uniformity must be effected in the wage levels of workers in different public sector undertakings in order to discourage competitive claims for increase in wages. What is missed in this line of argument, however, is that schematic uniformity can never work in the case of enterprises which otherwise are so different from each other. In any case, to set up a body somewhat similar to the Pay Commission for Central Government departmental employee smacks wholly of a wooden bureaucratic approach to the management of industrial relation in the public sector which will not work in practice.

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