In the following sentence I am trying to explain a situation in a company where employers are going to impose a method of compensation which pays more money to the best workers based on some criteria, but workers resist against this rules. Eventually employers abolished those rules in order to not disappoint workers.
Workers threatened industrial action and therefore employers backed down from their elite rules; they promised to guarantee income equality.
I'm curious to know whether the bold phrases are used correctly or not?
I think paying more money to some workers for being more efficient and diligent is a sort of elitism, while paying equally to all workers is against an elite system, Am I right?