Gujrat Industries ask Govt.permission to cut workers salaries
According to a report published in Indian Express, the Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (GCCI) Regional Council has written a letter to CM, Gujrat Govt. requesting the them allow to the industries to cut salaries of their workers including daily wagers from 30-50%.The request hads been made on behalf on 16 industry associations from Vadodara, Junagadh, Banaskantha, Rajkot, Mehsana, Ahmedabad and Ankleswar.
Claiming that the industries are in a fiscal crisis due to the lockdown, GCCI president Durgesh Buch, in the letter, suggested that the daily wagers be given salaries at par with MNREGA workers or with minimum wages which is around Rs 200-350 per day. Those earning up to Rs 20,000 should be given only 70 per cent of their existing salaries and those earning more than Rs 20,000 should be given only 50 per cent of the salaries, the letter said.
“While on one hand, the production is almost at a standstill, the units have to bear some fixed expenditures like bank EMIs, rent and salaries,” the letter stated adding that the industries are finding it difficult to continue paying full salaries.
“We have requested the government to withdraw the notification that makes full payment of salaries mandatory. Secondary, the workers who do not turn up at units that have restarted in orange and green zones should not be paid at all. Thirdly, the migrant workers whose salaries have been paid during the lockdown should not be allowed to return, otherwise we will not be able to run,” said Pathik Patwari, an office bearer at GCCI. Over 75000 industrial units have become functional in the state after the two waves of relaxations given to the industry on April 20 and May 3.
The Gujarat government had by an order directed the industries not to cut salaries or terminate employees during the lockdown.