Simmonds Marshall mgmt staff sign pact

ST Correspondent
Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Sign agreement to get protection under Trade Union Act. This is the first such wage agreement wherein office staff got an increment under the Trade Union Act.

Pimpri: In a rare case, the management staff of Simmonds Marshall Company in Kasarwadi signed an agreement with the company under the Trade Union Act.

So far, the management staff in a majority of companies were not protected under Trade Union Act and hence, were not entitled to benefits, unlike workers of the company, and had no right to form a trade union. 

Over 100 staff members of the Simmonds Marshall Company got an increment of Rs 14,200 through this agreement recently. This is the first such wage agreement wherein office staff got an increment under the Trade Union Act. The agreement was forged with the initiative of Rashtriya Shramik Aghadi. President of the organisation, Yashvant Bhosale, talked about this first-of-its-kind agreement.

A large number of officers of many big manufacturing companies are deprived of their rights as the companies would hire them under management staff. The management staff were also not entitled to double pay for overtime.  

Bhosale said, “If these employees come together, they can also get benefits under Industrial Dispute Act. So far, companies were hiring them as management staff. We raised this matter and held long-term negotiations with labour commissioner’s office. We came to know that there is no legal provision to stop them from getting benefits of Industrial Dispute Act.”

As a result of lack of protection under Labour Act, staff members were getting negligible amount as a rise in pay scale. On the other hand, workers in the company used to sign a wage agreement with the company every year. As a result of this, staff members were getting lesser salaries as compared to workers in the company. 

Bhosale said, “Officials are qualified and some even hold bachelor’s degree in engineering. It was observed that as they were not protected under Trade Union Act, the staff members were hired and fired. Moreover, some companies have started hiring ITI candidates as management staff.” Bhosale added that software engineers working in IT companies can also explore 
this option. 

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