Friday, February 7, 2014

Great News for newspaper employees ! Majithia wage board cleared by SC

SC upholds recommendations of Majithia Wage Board

The bench dismissed the pleas filed by various newspaper managements challenging the validity of the Board's constitution and its recommendations
 The  today dismissed all writ petitions moved by  newspaper managements against the Majithia wage board for journalists and non- employees of newspaper establishments.
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It ordered the owners to pay their employees the wages as revised/determined by the wage board payable from 11.11.2011 when the Government of India notified the recommendations of the Majithia Wage Boards.  All the arrears up to March, 2014 shall be paid to all eligible persons in four equal instalments within a period of one year. The revised wages will become payable from April, 2014.
The judgment written by Chief Justice  on behalf of  a three-member bench said that the concept of ‘variable pay’ contained in the recommendations of the Sixth Central Pay Commission has been incorporated into the Wage Board recommendations to ensure that the wages of the newspaper employees are at par with those employees working in other Government sectors. Such incorporation was made by the Majithia Wage Board after careful consideration, in order to ensure equitable treatment to employees of newspaper establishments, and it was well within its rights to do so.
The unanimous judgment further stated that the Wage Board has recommended grant of 100% neutralisation of dearness allowance. The Fifth Pay Commission granted the same in 1996. Since then, public sector undertakings, banks and even the private sector are all granting  100%  neutralisation  of  dearness  allowance.

1 comment :

karunakaran duraisamy said...

It is wrong to say that Banks are giving 100% DA. While the pensioners elsewhere are given 100%DA, the banks are giving different DA for different sectors of pensioners. The Bank pensioners are awaiting a favorable judgement from the Supreme Court.

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