Bill aims establishment of wage protection system: Minister

Thiruvananthapuram: Labour Minister Shibu Baby John said in the Assembly today that the Payment of Wages (Kerala Amendment) Bill was aimed as introducing a wage protection system in the State.

Replying to the debate on the Bill, which the House later passed, the Minister said that payments of wages under the system would be through banks. Wage slips would have to be given to workers and the details would go to the Labour Office.

Mr. John said that the system was being introduced, on a pilot basis, in seven sectors in Thiruvananthapuram district. Surprisingly, resistance to introduction of the system had come from the IT sector. They were already paying salaries through banks, but they did not want the details to be shared with the government.

Referring to the Opposition stand that the Bill was against the interests of the labourers and would not help to protect workers’ rights, the Minister said that trader union leaders who collect a share of the salaries from the workers were opposed to the system. However, recognised unions would not be affected.