30 organisations to agitate to enhance daily wages

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Shillong, Nov 26 (UNI) Several organisations in Meghalaya have threatened to agitate if the coalition government fails to enhance daily wages.

At least 30 organisations under the banner of Campaign for Enhancement of Daily Wages (CEDW) would be meeting soon to discuss the delay on the part of the government to enhance daily wages.

The minimum wages in Meghalaya are one of the lowest in the country and other rights of workers are not respected.

The government was supposed to have revised the wages in January this year, but has not done so till date.

The other demand of the organisations is to add domestic work in the existing list of 24 works covered under the State Minimum Wage Act.

'' The existing wage is very low and has remained unchanged for past several years. We have no option but to launch a stir if the government fails to fulfil our demand, '' CEDW spokeswoman Angela Rangad said.

The CEDW had demanded enhancement of the wages from Rs 70 to 175 for unskilled and up to Rs 250 for skilled workers.

However, Chief Minister Donkupar Roy had told the CEDW delegation that the government had already set up a committee to examine a proposal to enhance the existing wages to Rs 110 for unskilled, Rs 125 for semi skilled, Rs 140 for skilled and Rs 150 for highly skilled labourers.

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