State framing rules for contract labour

Government to fix minimum wages, service condition, holidays and working hours

 
The department, in a draft notification issued earlier this month, has now stipulated 14 conditions including payment of minimum wages of Rs 2,635 per month for unskilled contract worker and Rs 3,335 per month for skilled contract worker. The minimum wages for semi-skilled contract worker has been fixed at Rs 2,785 per month. The conditions will be applicable to contract labour, who do not perform the same or similar kind of work as that of workpersons directly employed by the principal employers of an establishment.

“No service conditions had been stipulated for this particular category of contract labour. The draft conditions have been framed as per the provisions of Karnataka Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition ) (Karnataka Rules) 1974. Those who have suggestion or objections can file the same,” Labour Commissioner M S Ravishankar said.

The objections and suggestions can be filed at the office of Commissioner of Labour, “Karmika Bhavan,” ITI Compound, near Bangalore Dairy Circle, Bannerghatta Road, Bangalore - 560029 before October 3. The draft conditions stipulate a cap of eight hours a day and 48 hours a week and bans the employment of female contract labour between 10 pm and 6 am. However, the commissioner of labour can by way of a notification vary the time limits for certain factories.

Besides prescribing the wage rates, the conditions stipulate that every workperson employed by the contractor is entitled to 10 holidays in a calendar year, with wages. Five mandatory holidays include Republic Day, Independence Day, May Day, Gandhi Jayanthi and Kannada Rajyotsava. The remaining five holidays will be fixed by mutual discussions between the contractor and his labour each year by the end of November.

The conditions place the responsibility of payment of wages with the employers. In case there are any lapses then the jurisdictional deputy labour commission can issue a certificate for that amount to the deputy commissioner of the district, who can proceed to recover the same. The conditions also stipulate the procedure for termination of services. No employer can terminate the services of a workperson, who has been in his employment continuously for a period of 30 days or more without giving the workperson at least 30 days notice in writing. A workperson, who absents himself for more than five continuous working days without  applying for leave or making a representation, can be terminated without notice.

Conditions

* Minimum wages to be prescribed
* Extra wages for overtime work
* 10 holidays every year including five mandatory holidays with wages
* Weekly offs and paid leave provisions
* Procedure for termination of service

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