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without delay". Closely related to the hegemony of the staff is what he terms as the question of the "epistemology of the institution" which we have dealt with extensively earlier With reference to a 'Pragmatic Reform Programme for Staff Wing Clipping', Budhoo points to three steps: (a) Fund staff salaries, allowances, privileges, immunities, (b) 'Internal' checks and balances mechanisms, and (c) 'External' checks and balances machanisms. He advocates the setting up of the following: an 'Advisory and Review Commission' to "assume the functions of the now defunct Advisory Council and to act as final court of appeal relating the administration of the aid relationship" and a series of 'Regional Co-ordinating Committees' to "review on an annual basis economic progress in member countries, and to lay down general guidelines for future Fund/Rank operations in individual countries and regions". A 'Watch Dog Committee', established by developing countries themselves, is also proposed'.

Understanding Labour-Management Relations-Case of Siemens

Case of Siemens Radha Iyer A large corporation has been described as a state within a state. Within the organisation state certain production processes give rise to definite relations of production. With changes in the production processes, the relations of production must also change. However, while changes in production processes are harbingers of organisational change, the relationships'are reinforcers of status quo. This is the key to understanding modem day industrial relations issues.

Labour Judiciary in Crisis

Labour Judiciary in Crisis Radha Iyer To the working class of this country, an independent labour judiciary has been a mirage and `this has played no small part in the trade union movement losing faith in traditional processes of collective bargaining and veering round to the notion that might is right THE ex-chief justice of India has warned that the judicial system in the country would collapse if urgent remedial steps were not taken. In case of the labour judiciary in the state of Maharashtra it would hardly be an exaggeration to say that it has already collapsed. Take the following facts: Out of the total sanctioned posts of 38 labour courts in the state, over 63 per cent, i e, 24, arc vacant. By the end of March 1990 the figure is likely to rise to 27. Similarly out of 26 sanctioned posts of industrial courts 13 are vacant. By the end of March 1990 this figure is likely to rise to 16. The districts of Kolhapur, Sangli and Nashik have no labour or industrial courts at all. In the premier industrial city of the country, Bombay, out of the sanctioned strength of 11 labour courts only two are functioning. Out of seven industrial courts only two have regular judges. This is apart from the fact that even the sanctioned strength of the labour judiciary is not sufficient to cope with the burgeoning cases before these courts. Frustrated by the state of affairs the labour law practitioner in Bombay and Thane have boycotted courts since December 12, 1989, demanding filling up of vacancies, finalisa- tion of recruitment rules for judges, withdrawal of retired judges, adequate accommodation and adequate staff. At the end of two and half months of the boycott of courts the practitioners are nowhere near achieving their objectives.

TELCO Dispute What Is It-All About

Two important factors have contributed to the industrial dispute in Telco. One of this is organisational, to do with both the Telco Kamgar Sanghatana and the company. The other arises out of the general political situation.

THE WORKING CLASS-A Classic Class Struggle

THE WORKING CLASS A Classic Class Struggle Radha Iyer The genesis of the workers' struggle in Telco is to be found in the 15-year history of industrial relations in the company.

THE WORKING CLASS-Right Judgment, Wrong Time

Right Judgment, Wrong Time Radha Iyer THE judgment of a division bench of the Bombay High Court in the matter of ceiling on dearness allowance has to a small extent helped to lift the flagging morale of trade unions in Bombay. In the recent years, due to changes in the industrial policies relating to geographical relocation, automation, import policies and extensive sub-contracting, industrial workers in Bombay have been facing closures of units, stagnation in employment levels, reduction in workforce, and a general sense of insecurity. Often terms and conditions of service which had been won after years of struggle in the days when their companies looked to the Bombay units as the principal source of profits are now sought to be rewritten. In this context, the judgment of the division bench is anachronistic as well as ironic.

THE WORKING CLASS-Lessons of Hindustan Lever Lock-Out

THE WORKING CLASS Lessons of Hindustan Lever Lock-Out Radha Iyer The year-long lock-out at Hindustan Lever's Bombay factory, which was lifted last month, poses a crucial question for trade unions: can unions contain or reorient the development of larger economic forces in society? If not, then what policies ought unions to adopt during major phases of industrial transformation such as the present one? Is surviving to fight another day the only available option?

The Working Class-Cost of Living Index Fraud

Cost of Living Index Fraud Radha Iyer The introduction of the revised consumer price index has caused substantial loss of earnings to workers and yet has not evoked any significant protest from the working class and the trade unions. Why?

LABOUR-A Strike that Could Have Been Avoided

Avoided THERE was a time when wage demands were justified on the grounds of improving the living standards of the workers. That was the raison d'etre of wage revisions as it were. The debates centred around measuring of inflation and compilation of a dearness allowance index, around what should be the composition of the consumption basket on the basis of which the dearness allowance indices are drawn up and so on. Concepts of fair wage, living wage and minimum wage were evolved. Thus the National Commission of Labour recommended in 1969:

Labour s Due Answer

in the interwar years. The twenties also saw some major changes in economic policies being initiated in India

LABOUR-Parity Remains a Mirage

Parity Remains a Mirage Radha Iyer THE 24-day port strike has been called off. The government raised its offer to Rs 44.7 crore from Rs 38 crore offered at the beginning of the negotiations. The strike thus secured an additional Rs 6.7 crore.

LABOUR-Dock and Port Workers Wages-Meaningless Parity Principle

LABOUR Dock and Port Workers' Wages Meaningless Parity Principle Radha Iyer THE port and dock workers' strike has turned out to be one of the longest the country has seen. The strike has brought into the open the paradoxes of the 'parity principle' which has come to occupy a central place in wage negotiations in the government and in public sector undertakings. The All- India Port and Dock Workers' Federation and its president S R Kulkarni have repeatedly asserted that their fight is for a principle


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