New Delhi: The Union Government has decided to release pending bonus dues of central government employees for the years 2014-15 and 2015-16 based on revised norms as per Seventh Pay Commission. So nearly 33 lakh central government employees will get bonus dues of the pending last two years.
This information was given by a joint press conference addressed by Union Finance Mr Arun Jaitley, Union Minister of State(IC) for Labour and Employment Mr Bandaru Dattatreya and Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy & Mines Piyush Goyal, here yesterday on charter of demands of the Central Trade Unions.
The Central Government will also take necessary steps to resolve the cases pending in High Courts/Supreme Court with regard to payment of Bonus.
The Government has decided to hike the minimum wages to Rs.350/- per day for unskilled non-agricultural workers for ‘C’ category areas from Rs 246 per day. This decision was based on the deliberations in the meeting of the Minimum Wage Advisory Board under the Chairmanship of Minister for State for Labour and Employment (I/C) for revising the basic minimum wages for central sphere.
Further, the registration of the contract workers and their staffing agencies is mandatory as per law and states will be advised to strictly implement the same. Erring contractors will face appropriate action for any violation in this regard. Further, Union Labor Minister informed that the issue of giving social security benefit to the unorganised sector (eg., Anganwadi, Mid-day meal, Asha volunteers etc.) will be examined by a committee which will give its report at the earliest.
Advisories will be issued to all the States Governments to ensure that registration of Trade Unions takes place within 45 days.
Later interacting with media Shri Bandaru Dattatreya appealed to Trade Unions to reconsider their call for strike, in national interest.
It can be noted here that as many as 10 central trade unions have given a call for a one-day pan-India strike on September 2, 2016, to protest against the government’s labour reforms and not paying attention to their demands.