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Apply minimum wage hike to govt employees, not private sector: Traders

“We have suggested that the minimum hike be given to government employees only,” said a trade union representative.

OPPOSING THE Delhi government’s decision to hike minimum wages, representatives of trade unions met Labour Minister Gopal Rai Saturday and suggested that the order should be made applicable only to government employees and not the private sector.

In a meeting with as many as 100 representatives, it was also conveyed to the government that the decision to hike wages will hamper their business and result in the industry moving out. “We have suggested that the minimum hike be given to government employees only,” said a trade union representative.

AAP’s Trade Wing Convenor Brijesh Goyal said, “We also told the minister that if the wages are hiked, the industry would move out to neighbouring states where labour is much cheaper than Delhi.”

Apart from the strike and protest, traders are also contemplating a legal course of action against the government’s decision, said a source.

Defending his government’s decision to hike minimum wages in Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had said money in the hands of the poor and middle class, and not “Ambani and Adani”, will benefit the country’s economy.

(with PTI inputs)
Read at  http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/delhi/apply-minimum-wage-hike-to-govt-employees-not-private-sector-traders-2988200/

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