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Review/amendment of labour laws is a continuous process and amendments are made in labour laws from time to time keeping in view, inter-alia, the problems of the labourers. Recent amendments carried out include those under the Payment of Wages Act, 1936, the Payment of Bonus Act, 1965, the Apprentices Act, 1961, the Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972, the Employees’ State Insurance Act, 1948, the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947, the Plantation Labour Act, 1951 and the Workmen’s Compensation Act, 1923. A new Act, namely, the Unorganized Workers’ Social Security Act, 2008 has also been enacted. There is no provision for regularization of contract worker under the Contract Labour (Regulation & Abolition) Act, 1970. The big companies are adopting various strategies like ancillarisation, outsourcing and dispersed production network, but there is no specific evidence to suggest that this strategy is being adopted to take advantage of flexibility that smaller firms enjoyed. This information was given by the Minister of Labour and Employment Shri Mallikarjun Kharge in reply to a written question in the Lok Sabha. The Inter State Migrant Workmen (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1979, which stipulates compulsory licencing of contractors who arrange migrant workers, hasn’t been implemented in 32 years. There are those who work hard and there are those who don’t need to work because of them…..
The West Bengal government has announced on 25.10.2011 the revised minimum monthly and daily wages in 31 industrial segments with the highest monthly and daily rates for those highly skilled at Rs.5,614 and Rs.215 respectively.
Announcing this in Kolkata on 25.10.2011, the State Labour Minister, Mr. Purnendu Bose, said that out of 55 industrial segments in the State, the minimum monthly and daily wages of 31 segments have been revised so far.
Of the remaining 24 segments, there are litigations in ten cases, and in ten other cases, the State government is waiting for more opinions if there is any, the Minister said.
The 31 industrial segments included, among others, bell metal and brass industry, ceramic industry, chakki mills, construction or maintenance of roads, flour mills, oil mills, paints and chemical factories, plastic industry, plywood industry, power looms, silk building industry, shoe making industry, rice mills, security services and agriculture. In some segments, employees have been categorised in three groups unskilled, semi-skilled and skilled, while in some segments, the employees have been categorised in four groups with the addition of highly skilled.
For those skilled, the revised highest minimum monthly and daily wages are Rs.5,104 and Rs.196 respectively. For semi-skilled, the revised highest minimum monthly and daily wages are Rs.4,640 and Rs.178 respectively.
For unskilled, the revised highest minimum monthly and daily wages are Rs.4,218 and Rs.162 respectively.
Finally, in agriculture sector, the revised minimum monthly wages are Rs.4,007 for skilled, Rs.3,643 for semi skilled, Rs.3,112 for unskilled without food and Rs.154, Rs.140 and Rs.127 daily wages without food respectively.
The revised minimum daily wages with food for skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled in agriculture sector are now Rs.145, Rs.131 and Rs.118 respectively.