SPYF submit workers’ demands to Labour minister for pay hike of Rs. 21k per month and withdrawal of Covid period cases

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SPYF submit workers’ demands to Labour minister for pay hike of Rs. 21k per month and withdrawal of Covid period cases

DICHEN ONGMU

GANGTOK, May 25: The Sikkim Progressive Youth Forum (SPYF) on Wednesday submitted a memorandum to Labour minister M.N. Sherpa with a two-point demand duly signed by the workers of PWD, pharmaceutical companies and power companies present on the day of May Day observation organized by SPYF and the workers at Golitar Playground Singtam.

Addressing the media here, SPYF general secretary Rupen Karki informed that they have presented two demands in favour of the labourers which are to raise the minimum wage to Rs. 21,000 per month and withdraw all the criminal cases filed against the workers of Sikkim during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Karki added that looking at the rising price of basic commodities, the workers are finding difficulties to survive. Hence SPYF still sticks to their initial demand in raising the minimum wage to Rs. 21,000 per month, he said. However, the SPYF also welcomed the decision of the State government to hike the minimum wage to Rs 15,000 per month.

“During our conversation with the Labour minister on the issues raised, we have received positive feedback and assurances. We are hopeful that our demands will be met soon”, Karki informed.

The minister also informed that a notification regarding the hike in minimum wage which was announced recently by the government will be out in public by June 15, added Karki.

The SPYF general secretary shared that at the meeting with the minister, the SPYF highlighted that during the Covid pandemic rampant cases were filed against dozens of workers especially working in different pharmaceutical companies for raising demands on health care and safety at workplace. Due to these cases, the workers still have to attend summons of the courts time and again, he said.

The minister has assured to intervene in this matter also and help the labourers come out clean as all they were doing was voicing for their safety and security, said Karki.

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi