Unions find anomalies in the draft rules on the Salary Code

New Delhi, November 5 () There are many anomalies in the draft rules on the Wage Code that the Ministry of Labor circulates to gather the opinions of interested parties, unions said on Tuesday, including the affiliate of RSS BMS.

Unions are expected to contact the ministry with specific objections in their respective representation on the draft rules this week.

Speaking about the draft rules, Bharatiya General Secretary Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), Virjesh Upadhyay, said: There are many anomalies in the draft rules on the Wage Code that must be modified. The new rules remain silent on many provisions clearly established in the four Acts included in the Code.

Citing an example, he said there is no clarity about the hours of work in the draft rule. The work time should be six hours a day. In addition, there are problems related to setting the minimum wage in the draft rules.

The rules do not provide for the updating of a category of workers to semi-skilled or non-skilled workers. That usually happens in any trade. People join work as new and improve their skills. That is missing in the draft rules.

We are studying the draft rules in detail and will present an analysis and specific suggestions. We will present our representation in the next 2-3 days, he said.

The secretary general of the Congress of Trade Unions of India (AITUC), Amarjeet Kaur, echoed similar opinions.

The draft rules do not provide for the representation of trade unions in the wage setting committee. The four previous laws included in the Code provide for that. There are many other deficiencies that must be improved in the rules. We will present a detailed representation of the draft rules this week, he said.

Kaur also said that there is a problem with the definition of wages, which must also be corrected.

The Ministry of Labor distributed draft rules on the Wage Code on November 1, 2019 and requested comments from interested parties until December 1, 2019.

At the beginning of August of this year, the Parliament had approved the Code on the Wage Law 2019, which provides for the introduction of the minimum wage for each worker in addition to addressing issues such as the delay in payment to employees. The Law included four labor laws: the Minimum Wage Law, the Wage Payment Law, the Bond Payment Law and the Equal Remuneration Law. KKS BAL