Saturday, February 11, 2012

Wage Board Order Implementation: First in India

Wage Board  Order Implementation: First in India.
 Paryaya got some more information about full implementation of  Majithia Wage Board Order implementation by  Assam Tribune News Paper Group.Here is the letter written by Assam Tribune Employees Union (ATEU) to M.L.Talwar, General Secretary, All India Newspaper Employees Federation (AINEF) on Friday 10th February  2012. Also there is the image of  News Report published in Assam Tribune regarding implementation of Wage Board Order.

Kudos to Assam Tribune Management & and Employees.

Pls Go through Letter: (Click the images for larger View)

General Secretary, All India Newspaper Employees Federation,
29, Shankar Market, Connaught Place, New Delhi, India.
Phone: 22722074 (R),     23412392 (Office),    9999163160
Residence: B2, Press Apartments, 23, I.P. Extn. Delhi-110092.

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: debasish sinha
To: Talwar  
Sent: Friday, 10 February 2012 3:04 AM
Subject: Majithia Wage Board implementation report

Dated: 10-02-2012
Place: Guwahati

Dear Comrade Talwarji,

We on behalf of the Assam Tribune Employees Union (ATEU) would like to thank the leadership of the All India Newspaper Employees Federation (AINEF) and the Confederation of Newspaper and News Agency Employees Organisation for guiding us in the struggle for attaining Majithia Wage Board Award.
Here, we congratulate all our comrades who have taken enough pain together for attaining the wage board, right from the beginning till today. At last, we are glad to draw our pay as per the award given by the Majithia Wage Board w.e.f January 2012. It is a moral victory achieved through workers unity over the years. We salute the united workers’ struggle.
We enclose here with details information towards implementation of Majithia Wage Board in our organization i.e. Assam Tribune Group of Newspapers for favour of kind information.

Thanking you,

Saifuddin Ahmed, President, ATEU,
Dugdharam Kalita, Gen. Secretary, ATEU

Full Text of the Letter
The Assam Tribune Employees’ Union (ATEU) is happy to announce that the Majithia Wage Board for Newspaper Employees has been implemented in the Assam Tribune Group and can be considered the first newspaper organisation in India to implement the Majithia Wage Board entirely. The Assam Tribune Group implemented the Majithia Wage Board completely in Class IV as per Government Order notification dated November 11, 2012 w.e.f. January 1, 2012.

ATEU has been successful to curve down an anomaly of the Majithia Wage Board while fixation of basic wage structure to some extent, i.e. the difference in basic pay when calculated taking the Basic, DA  and Interim Relief of June 2010 and the Basic Pay ceiling fixed by Majithia Wage Board has been retained as Personal Pay 2 (PP 2) for all employees through bilateral talks with the Assam Tribune Group management. Moreover, the annual increment beyond ceiling has also been waived off for all employees and it will be carried on every year as Personal Pay 1 (PP 1). However, both the Personal Pay 1 and Personal Pay 2 will not be added to the Basic Pay structure while calculating all allowances like DA, Variable Pay, HR, TA, LTC, etc. Moreover, three back increments have been attained even for those employees whose basic wage reached ceiling and has been added to PP 1.

Earlier, ATEU had been successful in getting 30% Interim Relief sanctioned as Government notification from January 8, 2008 which was later increased to 50% through bilateral talks with the Assam Tribune Management due to the  financial crisis faced by sky-rocketing prices and maintained the same till the date of implementation of the Majithia Wage Board Award.

ATEU has been successful in increasing the service age from 60 years to 64 years with certain conditions applicable. Employees who completed 60 years will enjoy all benefits as a regular employee, except no coverage of CPF and Gratuity till 62 years but, an employee will have to submit a fitness certificate from a Govt. authorised Medical Practitioner every year after completion of 60 years of his/her service till 64 years. Again, during 63rd and 64th years, an employee will be working under a pay structure which will include Basic, DA, HR, PP1 and PP2 along with ML 20 days and CL 15 days every year. However, employees who fall under 63 and 64 years will have to submit a fitness certificate from a Govt. authorised Medical Practitioner every six months after completion of 62 years. ATEU is working out some modalities to attain equal benefits for the employees under 63 and 64 years as compared to the employees of 61 and 62 years.

ATEU has also been successful to upgrade its newspaper classification from Class III to Class II during the Manisana Wage Board Award in 2008. Moreover, ATEU has been successful for 100% implementation of all the Wage Board Awards from Schindia Wage Board Award to the present Majithia Wage Board Award.

Comrades, ATEU expresses its utmost satisfaction on implementation of the Majithia Wage Board Award and expresses its gratitude to the authorities for speedy implementation of the Wage Board recommendations. We also expect that our Newspaper and News Agency Union brothers too will be successful in implementation of the Majithia Wage Board Award in their respective organisations at the earliest. We also believe that we will have to carry on with our struggle for wiping out the existing anomalies in the Majithia Wage Board Award in the near future considering wage parity among the newspaper employees.

Last but not the least, the ATEU would like to thank the leadership of AINEF and the Confederation for guiding us right from the beginning till attainment of our present goal, i.e., the much needed Majithia Wage Board Award and expect the same in future struggles.


Saifuddin Ahmed                        Dugdharam Kalita
President                                     General Secretary
Assam Tribune Employees Union Assam Tribune Employees Union

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