‘Fix minimum wage at Rs. 12,000 a month’

Members of the cinema employees’ wing of the Dharwad District Employees’ Union staged a demonstration here on Sunday. Among their demands was hike in minimum wages.

The demonstration was staged after a meeting of the representatives of employees of cinemas in Dharwad, Haveri and Gadag districts. It was held at the district employees union’s office.

Participating in the meeting, the representatives raised issues like non-revision of the minimum wages paid to the employees, non-payment of provident fund amount, lack of holidays for the employees and non-payment of overtime wages despite working for over 12 hours.

Union secretary M. Rama Rao elaborated on the steps to be taken next during the meeting chaired by Jayavant Padasalagi.

Hike sought

The meeting decided to urge the cinema owners not to wait for the government order and should fix Rs. 12,000 a month as minimum monthly wages from January 1, 2013. The meeting also resolved urge the cinema owners to fix Rs. 15,000 a month as the wages for those who had served for 10 to 20 years, and Rs. 20,000 a month for those who had served for 20 to 30 years. Those who had served for more than 30 years should be paid Rs. 25,000 a month.

The meeting also resolved to urge the authorities concerned to provide compensation for the employees of Ajanta Talkies and Mahalaxmi Talkies that were closed down. It also resolved to urge the theatre owners to maintain the register of all the employees correctly and pay them overtime benefits.

Soon after the meeting, the representatives staged a demonstration at Broadway and in front of Sripadma theatre. They urged Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar to ensure that cinema owners implement labour laws and also allot residential plots for cinema hall employees.

They also urged Mr. Shettar to earmark Rs. 100 crore for the welfare of the cinema employees in the next budget.

Cinema employees’ representatives Ningappa Kusugal, Irappa Byalihal, Umesh Salimath, Siddappa Katrimal, Altaf Jahagirdar, Shivaputrappa Akki, and Babu Sheelavantar were among those who led the demonstration.


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