The revision was timely
The wages for the national work force has been revised beginning this month. The revision was announced by the Ministry of Labour and Human Resources last Wednesday. The revision ranges from 30-35 percentages depending upon the categories of the workforce. The highest category of increase is for master craftsman who includes highly trained and experienced in their craft from the exiting rate of Nu. 240 per day to Nu. 324. The lowest increase was for the unskilled labour of Nu. 215 per day from Nu.165 per day.
The last revision took place in 2011 and the wage rate is applicable to those Bhutanese employed by the government agencies for work executed directly by the agencies. The rate approved by the government is the only minimum rate and does not restrict any employer from paying above the minimum amount.
The government has also approved the national work force that work at an altitude of 8,000 feet or above 2,400 meters be entitled to Nu.600 as high altitude allowance.
Most of observers felt that the revision was long overdue and was timely. The revision has been approved taking into considering the inflation rate and the revision of the civil servant salary.
The increase in the wages will have a significant impact on the budget outlay of the government and the cost of work components will increase substantially. Further the city corporations will have difficulty in paying the wages as they are already fund strapped and will have to meet the current expenses from their own revenues.
With harsh working and no revision of wages so far most of the national work force workers of the productive age have left for greener pastures.
The national work force is mostly with the department of roads and city corporations. The revision in the wages for the workers may retain them with the parent organization for some time now.
Well it was a happy moment for those who work as national work force but local economist predicts that with the increase in the wages of the labourers , the demand for the Bhutanese labour will fall down.
On the other hand there are many expatiate workers who can carry out the same work at a much cheaper rate. Due to this the demand for the expatriate workers will increase having serious repercussion of our economy.
The national work force earns the lowest from our income bracket and with inflation their purchasing power is all time low. But for a stable work force we will have to pay them better. They keep our roads running and keep our city clean.
May be there will be some hitches in the beginning but time will take care of everything.