Labour Ministry seeks Cabinet nod for Bill on minimum wage

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on January 20, 2018

The Labour Ministry has sent a Bill that empowers the Centre to fix a national minimum wage floor across sectors to the Union Cabinet for its approval.

“We have already sent the Wage Code Bill for Cabinet approval. We will also send the Labour Code on Industrial Relations Bill for Cabinet approval in a week,” Labour Secretary Shankar Aggarwal told reporters here after a FICCI seminar on labour reforms.

The Labour Ministry is likely to push the Code on Wages and Code on Industrial Relations in the Budget session of Parliament beginning on February 23.

Four codes

Aggarwal said 44 labour laws are being consolidated into four labour codes, of which two had been finalised and the other two were underway.

“The two codes on social security and working conditions will be finalised in a month,” he said.

At present, minimum wages vary across the country as States fix these for different categories of workers in various sectors.

Once the Wage Code Bill is enforced into an Act, the Centre will have the power to fix a national benchmark for minimum wage for workers that States will have to comply with.

However, States will be free to fix higher wages.

Published on February 19, 2016

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