Hyderabad: Due to the efforts of Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatraya, who took Singareni Collieries employees union leaders to Union Minister for Energy & Coal Piyush Goyal, minimum wages of Singareni Collieries contract workers has been enhanced and applicable to unskilled, semi-skilled and skilled workers.
Accordingly, orders were issued by the SCCL Management today benefiting 12,000 contract workers. In case of unskilled workers, the minimum wage per day has been enhanced by Rs 48 which amounts to Rs 996 more per month besides the arrears of Rs 7000 accrued from January 19 this year. Similarly, there will be revision of wages for the semi-Skilled, Skilled and high Skilled workers @ of Rs 420, Rs 506 and Rs 596 respectively.
It may be mentioned here that Narendra Modi Government had raised minimum wages for the non-agricultural workers by 42% on January 19 this year. But the Singareni Collieries management has not implemented the revised wages. Hence, the workers went on strike for nine days in March. When union leaders of BMS, CITU, INTUC, IFTU and others approached Bandaru Dattatraya, he took an initiative and represented in person to Piyush Goyal. Similarly, G. Kishan Reddy, MLA, Dr Laxman, MLA, toured the Collieries area to find out the ground realities.
Avula Goverdhan, Chairman, Minimum Wage Advisory Board (Central), Mallesham, President, BMS, Pulli Raja Reddy, Secretary, BMS, Telangana State thanked Bandaru Dattatraya and Piyush Goyal for their efforts.