Trader unions disappointed by new minimum wages

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Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, Dec 22: Workers’ Power of Meghalaya, a federation of progressive trade unions and associations, and Thma U Rangli-Juki (TUR) have expressed disappointment against the new minimum wages approved by the state government recently.
In a statement issued here, TUR coordinator Mantre Passah and president of the Workers’ Power in Meghalaya Angelina Hynniewta said “We as a federation have been persistently pushing in the past year for an increase in the state minimum wage rates based on a proper formula, and have even given our own proposal to the government with a minimum of at least Rs 350 for unskilled, Rs 462 for semi-skilled (Supervisory), Rs 553 for skilled and Rs 645 for highly skilled.”

They also alleged the reconstituted state Minimum Wage Board did not sit for a meeting prior to this paltry increase adding though this is a significant increase of rates from the previous notification, the rates are still not enough for a proper living wage for workers.
They also said that the government needs to clarify on the date of effect of these new rates, since the earlier draft proposal stated the date of effect from 1st April 2018 while these new rates state from 1st October 2018.
Meanwhile, the two leaders said that the federation will continue this struggle while appealing to workers all over the state to support the fight for a proper formula based minimum wage rate which should also be a proper living wage for workers in the state.



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