1. Wage code: Good news for workers; Narendra Modi government set to clear proposal that guarantees minimum pay to all employees

Wage code: Good news for workers; Narendra Modi government set to clear proposal that guarantees minimum pay to all employees

The union cabinet is likely to approve on Wednesday the code on wages which proposes making minimum wages a statutory right for all employees. A labour ministry source said the code will then be tabled in the ensuing monsoon session of Parliament.

By: | New Delhi | Published: July 12, 2017 6:25 AM
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The union cabinet is likely to approve on Wednesday the code on wages which proposes making minimum wages a statutory right for all employees. A labour ministry source said the code will then be tabled in the ensuing monsoon session of Parliament. However, it is not clear if the industrial relations code that seeks to ease the labour market will be tabled in the coming session.

Minimum wages is now applicable to 51 “scheduled employments” only. The code on wages amalgamates the provisions of four extant Acts — the Minimum Wages Act, 1948, The Payment of Wages Act, 1936, The Payment of Bonus Act, 1965, and the Equal Remuneration Act, 1976. It aims at reducing disparity in minimum wages across states.

The Act will empower the Centre to notify a “national minimum wage” (below which no state can fix their minimum wages) and this will be revised every two years (five years if the dearness allowance becomes part of the minimum wages).

The passage of the Code on Wages will be the first among the four the present dispensation has been looking at to unleash its long-pending labour reform initiative by amalgamating 44 existing labour Acts into four codes — on wages, industrial relations, social security & safety and health & working conditions. This is with the aim of simplifying them and ensuring a conducive and harmonious environment for doing business.

The code on wages is the most non-controversial among the two others which have already been drafted. The code on Industrial Relations has a series of proposals like allowing units employing up to 300 people to retrench/lay off workers and/or close down without the government approval, making trade unions with negotiating powers more representative, barring outsiders from being office-bearers of unions in the organised sector and reducing such persons’ role in union activities in the unorganised sector. It will also seek to define industrial strike afresh by including concerted casual leave by 50% of more workers while the provision for prior notice of strike would be extended to “all activities similar to existing public utility services”.

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The proposed omnibus Labour Code on Security and Welfare (LCSW) has also some contentious issues. As per the draft, once comes into force, several age-old schemes — including provident fund, pension and insurance schemes run under the EPF Act, 1952, and the sickness benefit scheme under the ESIC Act, 1948 — will cease to exist in their present forms.

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    Neeraj Katoch
    Oct 21, 2017 at 11:50 am
    Hi, One wages for PAN India is very Important, Minimum Rs. 15000/- ry in hand required for employees, If this complete by Mr. Modi no one can beat Mr. Modi next for 20 years
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      Sunny dutt Sharma
      Jul 19, 2017 at 5:31 am
      In which month govt. Giving a minimum wages ,can u share it
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        G R Ramanath
        Jul 13, 2017 at 6:39 pm
        Exploitation of Labour is going on in unorganized sectors like construction, garments, services etc. Regulatory steps to ensure safety security is needed there.
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          Ankit Udeshi
          Jul 13, 2017 at 9:55 am
          Dear Maharashtra Minister, What about Mumbai Mill Workers Justice , Still many people are still in a hope since 10-12 years. By considering your priority work we think that this is also a priority for Mil workers. It ls about More than 20,000 mill workers scenario.
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            A.Dikshit
            Jul 13, 2017 at 12:23 am
            It is very nice thing, really appreciable.But my company give me only RS 8518.00 as complete ry for last 20 years.what should l do? Please suggest me.
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              Henry
              Jul 13, 2017 at 10:52 am
              Mr. Dik h kindly change job which gives you more wages. ry's are taken not given. Don't blame the employer for giving you less ry. If you feel you deserve more quit the job and join which gives you more. If you go to govt to get you more you will be back to zero
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              Gangadharan Nair
              Jul 12, 2017 at 5:59 pm
              With this MINIMUM WAGE Government should declare a MAXIMUM WAGE which should NOT be more than 100 times the MINIMUM WAGE. MODI GOVERNMENT should bring out NATIONAL LABOUR POLICY as well as NATIONAL WAGE POLICY. There was a famous demand "EQUAL WAGE FOR EQUAL JOB" and that should be introduced. Every job available in the country should be SCIENTIFICALLY EVALUATED by an authority like NATIONAL PRODUCTIVITY COUNCIL and finalize RATING. Based on rating fix the wage. NO PRIVATE CITIZEN should either pay or receive a wage more than the Wage of a DISTRICT COLLECTOR, which should be 100 times the MINIMUM WAGE. All ready Government recommends DEARNESS ALLOWANCE for Central Government Employees. DEARNESS ALLOWANCE should be same and UNIFORM for every body from a FARM LABOUR to PRESIDENT OF INDIA. ONE NATION, ONE MARKET, ONE TAX, ONE DEARNESS ALLOWANCE ONE JANATHA, that should be our MOTTO. Basic wage may differ but DEARNESS ALLOWANCE should be UNIFORM.
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                MV Ramanamurthy
                Jul 12, 2017 at 4:47 pm
                Many people suffering from hearing loss and leading a soundless Life due to this handicap.The machines may be priced at affordable cost to provide better living to this segment of mankind as the persons are senior citizens and not well to do. Periodical diagnosis and treatment and maintenance of the hearing aids like expensive battery also has to be addressed. Recently our Government has drastically reduced the price of stent and saving many heart patients from cost burden.Similar type of bold step in respect of hearing aids will help in providing soundlife to many that crave for it...
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                  Sadasivan
                  Jul 12, 2017 at 1:42 pm
                  Bravo,Shri Modi Ji,under whom India is going to be a,Ram Rajya.Vikram Era begins!
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