Centre Raises Minimum Wage To Preempt Trade Unions Strike
The Centre, in its attempt to dissuade trade unions from going ahead with the proposed mass strike this Friday, has accepted the advisory board recommendations and raised the minimum wage from Rs 246 to Rs 350 per day for non-agricultural workers.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday also announced that Central Government employees will get their two years bonus, which has been pending for some time now. The Centre has decided to write to all states regarding compliance of contract workers law, Jaitley added.
While accepting the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission, the Centre had doubled the minimum wage to Rs 18,000. The trade unions have been demanding much higher than the figure proposed by the government.
On Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired an emergency meeting, in which the Union Labour Minister Bandaru Datareya was also present, to decide on the Centre’s plan of action to preempt the trade strike called by agitating union workers.