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Circular No. C 177 Date: 10-03-2018

 

Minimum Wages of Rs. 15,000/= p.m. for Unskilled adult Workers w.e.f. 01-07-2017 declared by the Govt. of Balochistan

 

The Baluchistan Government has issued the Notification dated 6-2-2018 under the Minimum Ordinance, 1961. The Notification has been issued on the recommendation of the Baluchistan Minimum Wages Board under Section 4 of the Minimum Wages Ordinance, 1961. Our comments on it are given as under:-

1-     The minimum wage of adult unskilled workers (male, female and juvenile workers) employed in all industrial undertakings in the Baluchistan has been declared under the Minimum Wages Ordinance, 1961 at the rate of Rs. 15,000/= p.m. for daily 08 working hours w.e.f. 01-07-2017. Arrears have to be paid from July, 2017 till fixing the wage as per the Notification.

2-     The daily wage declared is 1/26th of the monthly wage which includes element of wages of the weekly day offs in it and, therefore, no separate payment is required to be made for weekly day offs.

3-     Please note that the minimum wage declared is inclusive of the basic wage and all regular statutory and non-statutory allowances whatsoever.

4-     If wages of any unskilled worker or juvenile worker paid is already more than the minimum wage, it cannot be reduced.

 

5-     The daily/weekly working hours, conditions of overtime work, etc shall be regulated by the Factories Act, 1934, Payment of Wages Act, 1936 and other relevant labour laws.

6-     The minimum wage would apply to the permanent, temporary, whole time, monthly rated, daily rated and piece rated unskilled workers and if their wages are above this minimum rate of wage, the same cannot be reduced. They shall continue to enjoy existing other benefits given to them and the same shall not be adjusted against this minimum wage

7-     The workers shall continue to enjoy such facilities as house rent allowance or free house, electricity, water, conveyance, free medical aid, gratuity, bonus, pension, any form of insurance, provident fund, recreation, subsidized food, education, holidays and leave with pay, attendance allowance, and any other benefit already provided by the employer. No variable or incentive allowance (non-statutory) or value of welfare facilities as mentioned therein shall be adjusted against this minimum wage.

8-     The above may be carefully read along-with the said Notification to further understand the matter. In case of any doubt you may consult your labour laws consultant.

 

 

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