Kerala Government Increases Worker Wages, despite Opposition from the Industry
The government in Kerala has raised the minimum wages in the state to Rs 600 per day to ‘promote sustainable development’ in the state.The LDF government in Kerala has come out with a new labour policy is purely for the workers.
The decision was taken despite opposition from industry associations representing sectors such as construction, real estate, etc. The reason given for opposition is that their cost of operation would spiral out of control. The penalty imposed for violating labour laws has been increased from Rs 500 to Rs 2 lakh-5 lakh, which also is a matter of concern for the industry people.
The policy puts special focus on migrant workers and their welfare as well.The policy also ensures that labour banks would be formed to address shortage of skilled and unskilled workers. A skilled workers’ portal would be launched too, to ease the availability.