Published On: Thu, Nov 9th, 2017

7th Pay Commission: Unions seek pay increases to ensure minimum ‘living wage’

New Delhi: The minimum pay should be set at the level of a “living wage” to lift millions of central government employees out of poverty, a leader of central government employees unions said, ahead of central trade unions three-day relay dharna before Parliament, which begins today will go on till Saturday.

If FM Arun Jaitley fails to implement pay hike in January, then unions would call for a nation wide indefinite strike.

If FM Arun Jaitley fails to implement pay hike in January, then unions would call for a nation wide indefinite strike.

The leader signaled a increase in unions pay demand for the National Anomaly Committee (NAC) to set the minimum at a level that prevents poverty.

The living wage is defined as the level allowing a low-paid employee to support themselves and their family, for which the most common measurement is Rs 26,000 per month and the leader also said to raise fitment factor 3.68 times from 2.57 times for all employees.

He said the current minimum pay of Rs 18,000 per month “would not even come close” to the level required to pay for basic goods and services.

“No consideration was given by the 7th Pay commission to whether the base on which the minimum pay adjustment was build to fair and reasonable,” he said.

The 7th Pay Commission, led by Justice A K Mathur, earlier proposed minimum basic pay from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000 per month while the maximum basic pay from Rs 80,000 to Rs 2.5 lakh with a fitment factor of 2.57 times of basic pay of sixth pay commission has been proposed uniformly.

Rather the decision looks only at inflation, which usually cap the pay increase, the National Anomaly Committee will propose, he argued.

In September’2016, the NAC was set up to look into the pay irregularities arising out of the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations in wake of central government employees’ dissatisfaction over the inadequate hike in pay.

“When millions of employees have fallen into poverty, government needs a pay rise,” he added.

“Every-day living is tough, buying food is expensive, we have to pay more for petrol to go to work, hence pay should be raised,” he also argued.

“We were hoping that the NAC meet would be held in October. However the meet got postponed owing the elections but we hope the NAC will definitely meet in December and the proposal of hike in pay is to be submitted by January,” the leader told The Sen Times.

“The inordinate delay in pay hike pay has led to a lot of mental stress and trauma among the central government employees, so we decide, if Finance Minister Arun Jaitley fails to implement pay hike in January, then we would call for a nation wide indefinite strike,” he confirmed.

Jaitley had promised to raise minimum pay of the central government employees in a meeting with the unions leaders on June 30, 2016, day after the cabinet approval of the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations, but he has failed to implement pay hike till date.

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