Wage-Rise and Standardization of Wages:
When the War was over, in the year 1947, the workers put forth a demand for standardization of wage for all categories of workers in the textile industry. A special assessor was appointed to assist the Industrial Court in the matter. The Award for •wage-rise was given by the Court in 1947 with retrospective effect. The Award was, indeed, first of its kind in India, be-causfe it was a very comprehensive award covering standardisation of wages for all categories of workers in the Industry. The Award made the workers of all categories conscious of their rights in the matter of their wages. There was then an unprecedented rise in the membership of the Association which had reached the figure of 1,04,000. Even clerks and the staff of Watch and Ward departments of several mills joined the Textile Labour Association.
The Factories Act—Safety Measures:
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... The Indian Factories Act, 1948 reduced working hours from 9, to 8 per day and provided, for the first time, leave with wages under the said Act. A number of welfare and safety measures were also incorporated in the Act.
Assassination of Mahatma Gandhi and Workers' Mourning:
A sad and shocking event of ruthless assassinaion of Mahatma Gandhi—the Father of the Nation—took place on the 30th January 1948. Workers- along with the whole nation were stunned. Workers themselves absented from work and did not resume work for three days. During mourning period of three days workers assembled under the said Neem-tree where Mahatma Gandhi had first inaugurated the Union. Workers resolved to donate their three days' wages to commemorate and spread the principles laid ^own hy Mahatma Gandhi among the working classes of India. Thus they could collect a fund of Rs. 12^20,000 which was earmarked as 'Gandhi Labour Memorial Fund' .and utilized in spreading Mahatma Gandhi's ideology throughout the country, under the guidance of Gandhi Labour Memorial Trust which was also then formed.
Gandhi Majoor Sevalaya :
'Till 1949, the office of the Association was situated in a lureff building at Mirzapur. The landlord-of that building want-'ed 'flie premises for his use. This question was discussed by the workers \vith 'all earnestness, and it was: resolved that the Texrite Labour Association should have its own building. In furtherance of that resolution, a Building Fund of Rs. 4,57,000/-r was col-