Trade unions flay lack of minimum wage policy, rising contract workforce

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on February 14, 2012

Trade unions took on the Government on Tuesday on growing contractualisation of the workforce, paltry minimum wages and violation of labour laws across the country. They were also critical of the Prime Minister's speech at the 44th Indian Labour Conference here on Tuesday for “not even mentioning minimum wages”, one of the key themes of the conference.

“It is shameful that the Government still does not have a minimum wage policy, crucial for its own schemes such as MGNREGA” said Mr A.K Padmanabhan, President, CITU.

Mr C.K Sajinarayanan of the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, warned that “The Indian labour situation may become highly explosive and tense unless all those concerned with labour intervene constructively in addressing the tragic plight of the unorganised sector and growing contractualisation in the organised sector.” He said the “beauty of the words like inclusive growth does not tally with practical ground level realities.”

Mr Tapan Sen, General Secretary, CITU, alleged that other Ministries, such as Finance and Commerce, were “interfering” with the affairs of the Labour Ministry in pushing ‘anti-labour proposals'.

The two-day tripartite conference will discuss issues such as minimum wages, social security and employability.

Earlier, addressing the session, Union Labour Minister, Mr Mallikarjun Kharge, said employment and employability was a priority area of the Prime Minister. He said the Government was in favour of expanding social security coverage.

Published on February 14, 2012
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