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Floor-wage formula worries workers -Basant Kumar Mohanty

-The Telegraph Trade unions insist that there should only be a binding minimum wage instead of a dual wage rate The draft rules for the implementation of a new wage law have kept the criteria opaque for deciding the floor wage, binding across the country, prompting fear that it will allow the states to pay “distress wages” to workers. The trade unions are unhappy with the concept of a dual wage rate —...

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India has a new code to simplify law on Minimum Wages -- but it doesn't give workers any real benefit -Anupama Kumar

-Scroll.in It provides no guidelines to account for minimum consumption by households, despite Supreme Court rulings on this. Over the past year, the government has taken steps to consolidate India’s complicated patchwork of labour laws into four codes. The Code on Wages, 2019, which received presidential assent on August 8, is the first of the codes to come into effect. This Wages Code has been enacted with the express objective of simplifying...

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Gujarat tribal workers demand regular payments, refuse to migrate for sugarcane harvesting -Ravi Kaushal

-Newsclick.in The labourers from Dang migrate every year to Bardoli—a hub of sugar mills—where they are caught in a system of advance payments that bind them to the workplace for the duration of the season. Dang, a district in southern Gujarat, is witnessing one of the largest labour movements in its recent history after the tribal sugarcane harvesters of the district decided not to migrate to Bardoli and other neighbouring areas. Bardoli,...

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Opposition attacks Modi govt's new labour law, calls it a fraud on workers -Krishnanand Tripathi

-The Financial Express Labour Laws: The new code proposes to merge four laws but it has come under criticism from the opposition. The Code on Wages, 2019: The Opposition has come down heavily the Code on Wages, 2019 introduced in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, terming it anti-worker. The legislation introduced by labour minister Santosh Gangwar leaves fixing of Minimum Wages to state governments instead of recommending a national minimum wage. The...

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Underfunding, misleading claims: The story of MGNREGA in New India -Debmalya Nandy

-Down to Earth Govt has made tall claims on NREGA implementation; but it is neither keen on providing dignified wages nor allocating adequate funds for the scheme The Union Budget for 2019-20 ignored issues of social security and employment and did not show any intent to boost rural India. The Budget tabled by Nirmala Sitharaman on July 5, 2019 was a disappointment for 13 crore rural households dependent on the Mahatma Gandhi...

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