Unions find anomalies in draft rules on Wage Code

PTI New Delhi | Updated on November 05, 2019

There are many anomalies in the draft rules on Code on Wages circulated by the Labour Ministry to seek stakeholders’ views, trade unions, including RSS affiliate BMS, said on Tuesday.

The unions are expected to reach out to the ministry with point wise objections in their respective representation on the draft rules this week.

Talking on the draft rules, Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) General Secretary Virjesh Upadhyay said, “There are many anomalies in the draft rules on Code on Wages which need to be amended. The new rules are silent about many provisions clearly provided in the four Acts subsumed in the Code“.

Citing an example he said there is no clarity on the working hours in the draft rule. The working hour should be six hours a day. Besides, there are issues related to fixation of minimum wage in the draft rules.

“The rules does not provide for upgradation of a workers’ to semi-skilled or skilled category from unskilled. That generally happens in any trade. People join job as a fresher and improves his or her skills. That is missing in the draft rules.

“We are studying the draft rules in detail and would come up with point wise analysis and suggestions. We would submit our representation in next 2-3 days,” he told PTI. Similar views were echoed by the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) General Secretary Amarjeet Kaur.

“The draft rules does not provide for representation of trade unions in the wage fixation committee. The earlier four Acts subsumed in the Code, provided for that. There are many other shortcomings which need to be improved in the rules. We are going to file a detailed representation the draft rules this week,” she said.

Kaur also said there is an issue with the definition of wages, which also need to be corrected. The Labour Ministry circulated draft rules on Code on Wages November 1, 2019 and sought stakeholders comments till December 1, 2019.

Earlier in August this year, Parliament had approved Code on Wages Bill 2019, which provides for introduction of minimum wage for every worker besides addressing issues like delay in payment to employees.

The Act subsumed four labour laws -- Minimum Wages Act, Payment of Wages Act, Payment of Bonus Act and Equal Remuneration Act.

Published on November 05, 2019

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