Principle Of Equal Pay For Equal Work Cannot Be Applied Merely On Basis Of Designation: Supreme Court

1st Sept, 2021

Principle Of Equal Pay For Equal Work Cannot Be Applied Merely On Basis Of Designation: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court saw that the guideline of equivalent compensation for equivalent work can't be applied simply on premise of assignment. For this situation, the court needed to analyze the cases made by Private Secretaries (Grade-II) ("PS-II") utilized in the Eastern Central Railways (Field Office/Zonal Railways),for equality in pay with their partners working in the Central Secretariat Stenographers Service ("CSSS")/Railway Board Secretariat Stenographers Service ("RBSSS")/Central Administrative Tribunal ("CAT")

Interpreting the Sixth Central Pay Commission report, the court saw that the part of disparity between the Secretariat and the field workplaces was a matter observed by the actual Commission while making the proposals. "However somewhat, a different proposal was made qua Secretariat Organizations and non-Secretariat Organizations. When these suggestions are independently made, to coordinate outright equality is make the different proposals qua non-Secretariat Organizations lazy. On the off chance that one might say, there would have been no necessity to make these different proposals if everybody somehow happened to be treated on equality on each perspective", the court noticed.
One of the disputes raised was that because of equality being offered up to the degree of Assistant (which would place them in the grade of Rs.4200 (later Rs.4600)), they, being one post higher, would consequently need to get one higher grade. The seat dismissed the conflict seeing that the report specified that equality would should be outright till the level of Assistant and past that "it may not be conceivable or even legitimized to concede total equality on the grounds that the chain of importance and vocation movement should be diverse taking in see the utilitarian contemplations and relativities across the street".