minimum wage for Domestic workers

Minimum wage for Domestic workers – WB Govt. has decided to fix a minimum wage for Domestic help. “Domestic workers” will be included under the Minimum Wages Act, 1948, and their wages will be fixed, a notification from the labour department gazette said. The notification which was dated November 22 also read that this work will be done “in the next 3 months.

The Minimum Wages Act specifies wages for 92 groups of unskilled and skilled house-helpers. In the state, for a 10-hour shift, the wages for domestic help fall monthly somewhere between Rs.9,750-Rs.10,500/-.

WB Govt. is going to fix a minimum wage for Domestic workers.

The amount is like the above if they are appointed through house-helping/ domestic helping agencies. But, for skilled helpers like chefs/cooks, the rates are a little higher than 15,000/- a month.

Pashchimbanga Griha Paricharika samiti, the only recognised trade union for domestic helps in West Bengal, has asked the Govt. to set Rs.75 per hour as a minimum wage to fix a minimum wage for Domestic workers. The union working president, Indrajit Basu has also asked the Govt. to ensure four day-offs in a month.

The development would impact the lives of an estimated 30 lakh domestic helpers. According to centre’s e-shram portal, around 2.5 lakh people are registered under the “domestic help” category. From the huge number, 1.2 lakhs are from south 24 parganas, 67869 are from North 24 parganas, 43427 are from Howrah and 2476 awesome Kolkata.

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Written and edited by Rajeshwari.

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