Delhi Working Journalists Minimum Wages Bill 2015
Delhi Working Journalists Minimum Wages Bill 2015 ((Delhi Amendment bill) was introduced by Labour Minister of Delhi, Mr Gopal Rai in the Delhi Assembly on Thursday 26.11.2015. The Delhi Working Journalists Minimum Wages Bill 2015 ((Delhi Amendment bill) was follows Majithia Wage Board Report. The Salient features of the Working Journalists and Other news paper employees ((Delhi Amendment bill) 2015 are :
Delhi is the first state government in the country to introduce changes in law to ensure effective implementation of the Wage Board. No media organization has so far implemented the Majithita Wage Board. The Central Government constituted several boards to address the issues raised by the working journalists and other newspaper employees and last board in the line was Majithia Wage Board which was constituted under the chairmanship of Justice G.R. Majithia. The Wage Board has given various recommendations in respect of wages/allowances payable to the newspaper employees. During the implementation of the Majithia wage board recommendation two major short comings detected in the present Act which are mentioned in the bill.
Majithia Wage Board Report:
Chairman National Wage Boards for Working Journalists and other Newspaper Employees, Justice GR Majithia and members of the Wage Boards had presented their final Report to PC Chaturvedi, the then Secretary Ministry of Labour & Employment in New Delhi.
The Report has classified newspaper establishments into eight categories and news agencies into four categories based on gross revenues. Recommended pay scales have been classified into six categories for jobs in each class of establishment. Pay scales have been worked out by adding old basic pay and DA admissible up to June 2010 plus 30 per cent of interim relief. The revised pay would have a component of ‘variable’ pay at the rate of 35 per cent for employees working in first top four classes of establishments and 20 per cent for other four classes of establishments. The ‘variable’ pay will be added in the revised basic pay for calculation of all allowances. Effective date of implementation would be from July 1, 2010.
The monthly emoluments for the lowest category of employee in the lowest class of establishment would work out to be Rs 9,000 for the basic pay at floor level minimum wage of Rs 5,000. The revised basic pay would, however, range from Rs 9,000 to Rs 17,500 for non-journalists and from Rs 13,000 to Rs 25,000 for working journalists in the top establishment having gross revenues of more than Rs 1,000 crore.
As far as social security measures are concerned, possibility of granting paternity leave to male employees, retirement age of 65 years, and exploring pension scheme possibilities have been suggested going beyond the mandated wage structure revision.
The wage board has further recommended night shift allowance, hard ship allowance; transport allowance and House Rent allowance for different class of establishments. It has recommended that a permanent mechanism in the form of a tribunal be set up to adjudicate on complaints regarding non-implementation or circumvention of the award. Also, employers are to ensure that while engaging contractual workers, they must at least offer same salary for the same work, which is performed by the regular employee.
SIGNIFICANT CHANGES BY THE MINIMUM WAGES (AMENDMENT) BILL 2015
We are changing the cash provision in Section 11 to electronic deposit or account payee cheque. This will ensure no corruption or extortion on payment and introduce people into the banking system. However, saving grace and saving clauses have been allotted because this change will take place in a phased manner and we don’t want to cause impulsive shocks to the payment schedules currently being followed.
Section 14 amendment to ensure that employees and labourers are paid the overtime rate. Section 22 and Section 22A: Amended from 500 rupee penalty to imprisonment of 3 years or 1 year respectively along with Rs. 20,000 rupee fine.
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