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An important judgment has been pronounced by the Supreme Court on ‘Equal Pay for Equal Work.” A Bench of Justices J.S.Khehar, and S.A.Bobde said the principle of equal pay for equal work constitutes a clear and unambiguous right vested in every employee, whether engaged on regular or temporary basis.

The Bench further said ” In our considered  view, it is fallacious to determine artificial parameters to deny fruits of labour. An employee engaged for the same work, can not be paid less than another… Certainly not, in a welfare state.Such an action besides, demeaning, strikes at the very foundation of human dignity.”

The Bench continued:”Any act of paying less wages as compared to others similarly situated, constitutes an act of exploitative enslavement, emerging out of a domineering position. Undoubtedly, the action is oppressive, suppressive, and co-ersive as it compels involuntary subjugation.”

The judgement is establishing the right of the workers and their demand : Equal Pay for Equal Work”. This is a great judgment indeed!The government and the Management should implement. ( With inputs from “Times of India”, 27-10-2016)

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