Supreme Court Again Upheld Minimum Wage on ILC Basis

The Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) congratulates the workers, CITU state committee and other trade unions in Delhi for their united efforts and success in achieving significant minimum wage rise above Rs.15,000 as on 1 November, 2019 for the first time as per 15th Indian Labour Conference (ILC) recommendations, which were upheld and improved by the Supreme Court in their Raptakos Brett judgement in 1991; which has now again been confirmed by the Supreme Court in their Order of 14 October 2019 in the SLP case filed by Delhi Government against the Delhi High Court’s order of quashing its earlier notification of 3 March 2017 on ground of lack of employers proper representation in the Minimum Wage Advisory Board. CITU Delhi state committee is an intervener party in the Supreme Court case.  

The Supreme Court, in its earlier Order had directed Delhi government to reconstitute the advisory board, hold the its meetings, accordingly prepare the draft notification afresh and submit the same before the Supreme Court; and till that time implement the 3 March 2017 notification.

Accordingly, after discussion in the reconstituted Advisory Board, with wider employers and employees representation, the draft notification was submitted by Delhi government to the Supreme Court with Rs.14,842 as the lowest category minimum wage for unskilled workers which with DA will be more than Rs,15000 as on 1 November 2019. The Supreme Court has now approved and asked the Delhi government to go ahead with this notification.

Issued by
Tapan Sen
General Secretary

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