Labour Wages

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After a lot of con­fu­sion and de­bate over the in­crease in min­i­mum wages as per the new labour laws, the Gov­ern­ment stated that the min­i­mum monthly wages are not go­ing to be fixed at Rs 18,000/-. Prior to this, there was a lot of con­fu­sion over min­i­mum wages for the gar­ment sec­tor. The Cen­tral Gov­ern­ment clar­i­fied in early Septem­ber that the Min­istry of Labour has not been fixed or men­tioned any amount as ‘na­tional min­i­mum wage’ in the Code on Wages Bill 2017. The ap­pre­hen­sion that min­i­mum wage of Rs. 18000/- per month has been fixed for all em­ploy­ees was in­cor­rect, false and base­less. The min­i­mum wages will vary from place to place depend­ing upon the skill set re­quired, ar­du­ous­ness of the work as­signed and ge­o­graph­i­cal lo­ca­tion. The ru­mour of fix­a­tion of any min­i­mum monthly wage, be it Rs. 18000/- or any other sum per month, was a hoax.

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