The struggle, rather the battle, for Majithia Awards has come to decisive phase of the history. Most of the governments have already appointed Special Labour Inspectors on the direction of the hon’ble Supreme Court of India on 28.04.2015. There are, however, some states, which find luxury in laziness, and they have yet to act on it. The major states, which have not moved in this direction so far are – Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Odisha and West Bengal. This act of these laggard states itself amounts to the contempt of the Court.
Anyway, it is not the time to dissipate our energy but to concentrate on the goal. The governments, which have yet to appoint the Special Inspectors are to be prevailed upon to act fast. Where the Special Labour Inspectors have already been appointed, you will have to ensure that these Inspectors file the factual reports. There are three effects of the Majithia Award;
(A) Wages and allowances and payment of arrears to employees from 11.11.201, who are still in job,
(B) Those employees who have retired from the service after 11.11.2011, they are entitled to get the only arrears,
(C) The proprietors have victimized many employees after the notification of the Award and they have also obtained a declaration from some employees under duress and coercion that they do not want wages and allowances according to the Award because they are happy with the present structure of wages of the company. This has to be strongly controverted.
In all three circumstances, the employees are requested to approach the Labour Inspectors on their own and tell them with the factual position as is applicable on them. Labour Inspectors may not able to approach all employees for various reasons, like; when they visit the offices, some employees may not be able to open their mouth in the presence of tyrannical management and many may not be there because of the changing shift duties. Therefore, they are requested to immediately report the matter to the Labour Inspectors or the Labour Commissioners with their own conditions. Colleagues are also advised to give their complaints in writing to the Labour Department and get receipt from the Department. Employees must apprise the Department about the status of the Award, payment of arrears or transfers, terminations and other types of harassment.
Comrades, we cannot afford to rest content until the Wage Board is achieved. Friends! Law always favours those who are vigilant to their rights. Even God helps those, who help themselves. There is an apt saying in Sanskrit:
Udyamen hi siddhyanti karyani na manorathaih l
Na hi suptasya singhasya pravishanti mukhe mrigah ll
(Work gets accomplished by efforts and industry and not merely by wishing, the animals don’t enter a sleeping lion’s mouth)
Hence, wake up and fight for your rights. Victory is yours.