Royal Commission on Labour in India: Report(1929)||
We have been informed that more than one administration has already standardised wages, as far as possible, for all grades of employees in each area, with minimum and maximum rates of pay for each class of each brand) of the service. But, owing to the different conditions existing in various parts of the country, standard rates of pay have not been fixed for the railways a s a whole. Here, as elsewhere In the evidence we find indications that replies to our enquiries have been made on the assumption that the practical difficulties in the way of standardisation on a national basis rule out the possibility of larger measures of standardisation than have been attempted hitherto in this country. The Railway Board shows a better appreciation of the position. In referring to the benefits derived from organisation on a divisional basis, they state that standardisation of wages on such railways is aimed at. dun regard being paid to local conditions and that it is probable the tendency towards standardisation will become more marked as time goes on. We believe it is possible to extend this further and recommend that additional steps be taken to fix standard rates for similar classes and grades of labour, subject only to variation in districts where there are material differences in economic conditions. Existing disparities in wages and service conditions, for instance, a t centres which are the termini of more than one railway and in workshops not far from each other should be examined, and, wherever possible, action should betaken to remove discontent caused by the present inequalities.