Royal Commission on Labour in India: Report(1929)||
In our view, therefore, employers need not be deterred from raising wages by any fear that they will be injuring the workers thereby. Indeed, there have been times in most industries when valuable results could have been secured by a more liberal policy in respect of wages. Many workers are employed on low wage standards, and it is still too generally assumed that poorly-paid labour is cheap. Many who are aware that this is not the case are reluctant to act on their own belief that better-paid labour will prove cheaper. As some employers have shown, better results from the business point of view can frequently be obtained by the payment of better wages, and it is impossible to expect any high standard of efficiency on the wages now paid in many branches of industry. Nor is it reasonable invariably to demand that the increase of efficiency should be a condition precedent to improved wages. In many cases, if employers were to offer better payment first, they would be able to secure improved efficiency by the attraction of a better class of worker and by the increased effort of many of the present ones.