Principle of no-work-no-pay (dies non)

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According to Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law, Dies non is a part of the Latin phrase literally meaning "a day when courts do not sit or carry on business".[1] Dies non juridicum is the full Latin phrase literally meaning "Day without judiciary.[2]

According to Webster's New World College Dictionary,the expression dies non (juridicus) was used for defining a day which is not a (court) day or a day on which no legal business is carried on.[3] Literally, dies non (juridicus) is "a not juridical day".[4] Dictionary.com estimates that the word might have originated in 1600-10.

Doctrine of "no-work-no-pay"[edit]

The doctrine of "no-work-no-pay" is a fundamental axiom in industrial relations. The philosophy is very simple. When a person is employed, it is expected that the work assigned will be carried out. When this work is not done, the employee is not eligible for payment of any salary.[5]

Even when a general strike or countrywide ban disrupts public transport systems, and consequently employees are unable to reach their workplaces, the same principle prevails. Even die-hard trade union leaders respect this principle of equity and natural justice. "No work, no pay" lays a strong foundation to industrial peace and harmony in the long run.[5]

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