Pension, avoid suspension, take no decision, have no tension.
Dreaming of Pension with out work Tension.
I am getting no pension.
There were not enough sufficient job openings in 60s for those who had professional diplomas in textile technology and it was not a concern also as there were plenty of jobs in private sector and textile industry was the mother industry in those days engaging every type of professional. It was only in this industry in those days that engaged a textile technologist, a electrical engineer,a mechanical engineer,a civil engineer,a Industrial Engineer, a safty engineer,a quality controller,a doctor,a auditor,a cost accountent, a advocate and even graduates in science were working.All of them had no pension but worked with out any tension of no pension and there was no fixed age for retirement though few large textile industrial units fixed 58 years with an incentive of 1+1 year if the person had a good record in his work which needed a certificate from his superior that his services would be helpful for him for 1 more year and the same procedure for the next year.At 60 he would leave the company with a sum that would take care of his future if he had saved something more.Few mills also gave pension but it was a 50 + 50 basis. A sum equal to what you give to management would contribute the same and it would be invested in a trust which would manage the only the pension of retired employees.This was only in case of officers and not other category of workers who god knows what they did.This was soon abolished by law enacted by govt and with govt taking over this part of the financial involvemet by such companies. .
The top most 2 corner windows was our changing room,rest room and gappa room.
Our tension was production not pension.
After working for few years in south I joined a large textile mill in Muimbai now called Bombay. there was never any discussions by us technicians about pension.We always talked about the 5 feet tall giant man who controlled half of this industry which was the largest textile unit in south Asia. IF this giant even smiled we were scared.We would always meet him with our superior but some times we were asked to go to him with the working report which was just 3 numerical s on a stamp size paper.He would look at it and if he was chewing pan that was a good sign as his mouth would be full of scented tobacco with such ingredients as betel leaf with such ingredients as he preferred specially made for him by the Pan Maker. If we were fortunate he would be chewing it in which case he would smile and after spitting out few liquids from his mouth in to a brass container ask few questions and tell us to go home.We gently come out of his room and run to catch the Metodor Van which would drop us at our destination.Once I was at my paying guest room it was freedom.
I had no tension walking here with my friend Suresh now in Dwarka.
Textile men never bothered about pension.
There were men who were textile technologists who were fortunate go in to govt jobs when the govt of the country started to see the money that was flowing in to the hands of textile magnets of the day and the govt soon wanted bureaucrats to enter and make laws bothering many textile mills.The textile inspectors who were all textile graduates and diploma holders in govt recognized universities were soon knocking the doors of mill managers office with the power to seal the finished goods ware house if some of the rules that were stupid are followed or not..They drew pension and were having a feather in their cap when ever they met their colleagues in the industry.We mill men definitely eyed them with jealousy but kept it in our pocket.We the mill men knew that their job would be with pension and ours was a any time any where with promotion and better perks and salary job. PENSION was their headache, promotion was our one of the tension.The advantage of working in a textile mill was the plenty of job opportunities to join any mill in India and the advantage of working in a govt textile dept was pension,while there was no chance of suspension for us mill workers there was this sword of suspension always hanging over the govt dept in textile division like Textile Commissioner or Inspector of Textiles in Textile Committee for inspection of goods meant for export.The mills that exported were all first class units but there were mills who did violate the rules with the compromise from inspectors who took heavy risk of losing their job but it never happened to any on account of providing proof of their involvement.There was no such things in our pension-less job.We resigned and hardly there was any case of suspension or dismissal for us the floor level management staff.The risk was never in our case but it sure had in cases where it was found that there was corruption.Here also a resignation was required and mill management never took the steps to dismiss any top executive.Everything was going on smoothly but a big strike from the labor union of Datta Samant who stopped every mill in Bombay was the downfall of the Industry.
Many Textile Mills making loss never opened after this man Datta Samant made the workers go on strike in 1981, He was shot dead later in 1997.
I was not there.
When in 1981 every textile mill was closed due to strike the entire work force lost their job as it was over a year the strike went on.No pension or other benefits were lost for ever by so many men.Even now the textile industry has no pension scheme.In fact millions of men take pension millions retire from their jobs with out any pension. These work men have left Bombay and have gone back to their village from where they came or they are engaged in other work and of course they never get any pension.The country's leaders get pension for doing no productive work in fact the President gets a big pension for his no work for years and many benefits after his term in office.
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