Clerical and supervisory staff to get ₹16,341 per month, unskilled workers to get ₹14,842 per month

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court has upheld the Delhi government’s March 2017 notification that announced a 37% hike in minimum wages for workers. The case has been pending in courts for nearly two years now.

The Delhi High Court had last year stayed the government notification after several employers in the state argued that the burden of minimum wages and its upward revision would badly affect them.

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In its order given on Monday, a bench comprising Justices U.U. Lalit and Aniruddha Bose said: “We allow the petitioner state (Delhi government) to take the draft notification to the logical conclusion and direct that till the said notification comes into effect, the relationship shall be governed by and in terms of the notification dated 03.03.2017 as directed in the order October 31, 2018. Once the notification is issued, the appropriate legal consequence and sequitur shall follow. The Delhi government has proposed ₹14,842 per month for unskilled workers and ₹16,341 per month for clerical and supervisory staff (non matriculates).”

The apex court observed that if any person is aggrieved by the notification, he shall be entitled to take recourse to legal remedies available in law.

According to a Delhi government official all permanent, fixed term, contractual, casual as well as daily wage workers will benefit from this order.

“The objections raised by the employers’ were dismissed by the apex court, as it made its decision on the wage hike notification,” said a Delhi government official.

The Delhi government’s Labour Department had opted for procedure for wage fixation/revision as provided u/s 5(1)(b) of the Minimum Wages Act, 1948.

It requested various trade unions and market associations/factory owners associations/employer associations to recommend one person who would be nominated as a member of the Delhi Minimum Wages Advisory Board to be constituted under Section 7 of the Minimum Wages Act.