Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, President, BSNLCCWF, today, 23-01-2017, met Shri Ashuthosh Gupta, GM (Restructuring), Corporate Office and demanded that the new minimum wages as per the Gazette Notification dated 19th January 2017 issued by the Chief Labour Commissioner (Central) be implemented for the contract workers in BSNL. GM (Restg) agreed to examine the issue urgently.
The Central Trade Unions have demanded Rs. 18,000 as minimum wage for contract workers and it is one of the demands on which a one day strike will take place on 2nd September 2016. The demand for a minimum wage of Rs.15,000 has been updated to Rs. 18,000, after the VII CPC has recommended Rs.10,000 as the lowest wage on the basis of the Dr. Akroyd formula. While this demand is pending, the government is proposing Rs. 10,000 only as minimum wage to contract workers. This is discrimination and denial justice.
BSNLCCWF strongly oppose the move of the Central government to fix a minimum wage less than Rs. 18,000. It strongly demands that the minimum wage for contract workers be fixed at Rs.18,000.
The Labour Ministry, Government of india, vide No. 1/11(2)/2013-LS-II dated 19-09-2013 has revised the minimum wages, which shall come effect from 01-10-2013.
Accordingly the Minimum wages per day to be paid will be as follows:
work above ground / below ground
Unskilled Rs.207.00 / Rs. 257.00
Semi-skilled Rs.257.00 / Rs. 310.00
Skilled Rs.310.00 / Rs. 360.00
Highly skilled Rs.360.00 / Rs. 410.00
The full orders will be published later.