CPI (M) activists staged a dharna in front of the Deputy Commissioner of Labour office here on Friday demanding constitution of minimum wages board with representatives of all the Central trade unions.
The Labour Department recently issued a preliminary notification revising minimum wages in 34 scheduled industries, but the government did not constitute a Minimum Wage Advisory Board since seven years, CPI (M) leaders S. Siddhiramaiah and B. Manohar said. The Labour Department officials hobnobbed with industrial houses and were enhancing wages nominally, without a hike commensurate to the sky-rocketing prices, they alleged.
The court had recently stayed G.O. No. 4 applicable to manufacturing units on technical grounds and hence workers of such units got wages as per the old G.O. Cases were filed in courts against G.O. No. 11 for contract workers and minimum wages for workers of poultry industry. They urged the government and the Labour Minister to intervene and resolve the issue as managements were securing court stays with the contention that there was no Minimum Wage Advisory Board. Labour officials proposed names of members of trade unions to the government for nomination on the board, following a protest in August last year. However, the government did not initiate any action.