Across India, many employees in various states seem to be awaiting redressal of minimum-wage issues. However, there is good news for the employees of the Puducherry government, which has announced that the minimum wages for its staff will be Rs 10,000 per month. The pension for martyrs will also been increased from Rs 9,000 per month to Rs 10,000 a month.
Puducherry, which is a Union Territory with a legislative assembly, has been seeking statehood for some time now.
Meanwhile, in West Bengal, the labour minister has created a six-member committee consisting of top labour-department officials and representatives from planters’ bodies as well as labourers’ unions to create a draft solution package to address the minimum wage issue of tea-plantation workers, which has been pend6.ing for a long time now.
In Chandigarh, the employees of the National Health Mission (NHM) have decided to continue their indefinite strike demanding equal pay for equal work. They have been protesting for some time now, against the wage difference between the regular staff of NHM and the outsourced staff with similar designations and job descriptions. With no written assurance from the UT Adviser or the Chandigarh Adminsitration regarding any resolution, the protestors have made up their minds to continue the strike indefinitely.
Although the protestors were verbally assured by the UT Adviser that the wage disparity issue will be addressed and minimum wages will be implemented soon, the protestors are demanding a written assurance and refuse to call off the strike till their demand is met