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Circular No. C – 182 Date: - 03-07-2019
Minimum Wage of Rs. 17,500/= p.m. of
Unskilled Workers declared by the Punjab Govt.
1- The Punjab Govt. has notified Rs. 17,500/= p.m. or Rs.673.08/= per day as the minimum wage of adult male, female and juvenile workers w.e.f. 01-07-2019 based on 26 working days in a month under Section 6 of the Minimum Wages Ordinance, 1961 on recommendation of its Minimum Wages Board and allowing deductions/adjustment of Rs. 217/= p.m. for providing housing accommodation and Rs. 46/= p.m. for providing transport facility as per the Punjab Govt. Gazette Notification dated 01-07-2019 Published on 03-07-2019.
2- The Notification also provides that other matters shall be regulated by the Factories Act, 1934, Payment of Wages Act, 1936 and other relevant Labour Laws.
3- This minimum wage declared is inclusive of basic wage and all other regular allowances whatsoever. If the present wage of any unskilled adult male, female and juvenile worker is higher than this minimum wage declared now, his present wage cannot be reduced.
4- Naturally management action would be required to revise wages of semi-skilled and skilled workers keeping in view this minimum wage of unskilled workers.
5- Contributions and other matters under the Social Security and EOB shall be governed by the provisions of these laws.
6- The above may be carefully read along-with the Gazette Notification. In case of any doubt, you may consult your Labour Laws Consultant.
7- Similar legal steps on the Minimum Wages by other provinces are awaited.
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