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

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Central Valuation Board of West Bengal-Devaluing a Valuation Authority

before the present round of talks, the TKS had agreed that the company should hold domestic enquiries against the suspended workmen and if the workmen were found guilty the company should impose punishment less than dismissal On the question of negotiating with Rajan Nair, the working president, the company's stand was that Rajan Nair's election was not legal and that they would only talk to a legally- constituted body of office-bearers. On this point the Bombay High Court had already declared that Rajan Nair had every right to function as the working president of the union and directed the lower court to dispose of the matter by December 19. Since monetary demands were never the major issue in the dispute neither party was averse to taking a fresh look at the charter of demands submitted by the TKS and the settlement arrived at between the company and the TEU. In any case, the issue of wage revision was already pending before the industrial court and, if the issue could not be sorted out in negotiations the company had little to lose as wage adjudication takes in inordinately long time. What remained was the company's fear that the workers may not maintain discipline and may not give the required production and the general, doubt that Rajan Nair may not be able or willing to abide by the terms of any settlement.

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