HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Minimum wage dispute between trade unions and employers started again after nine trade unions threatened to go on strike, if the employers do not respect April 16 agreement.
“As the agreement has been endorsed by the government, employers must have to respect it,” a trade union leader near to UCPN-Maoist Badri Bajagai, said, threatening that the unions will go on strike, if employers donot implement government gazette.
According to him, Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) is against the provision of the gazette and advising their members not to pay salary and benefits according to the government gazette. However, FNCCI has moved the Court against the decision and the Court has issued stay order.
Nine trade unions – two fractions of All Nepal Trade Union Federation and others near to Madhesi political parties – have asked to implement the April 16 agreement today. They have also urged the worker not to accept salary and benefits lesser than April 16 agreement that has hiked minimum wage from Rs 4,600 to Rs 6,200.
Meanwhile, March 24 agreement between three major trade unions and FNCCI had hiked the salary to Rs 6,100. The March 24 agreement had also included social security to workers and endorsed ‘No Work No Pay’ to workers involved in political activities apart from ‘industrial peace for next four year.’
“We are not against the salary hike,” president of Employers Council under FNCCI Pashupati Murarka said, adding that FNCCI can accept April 16 agreement, if workers are ready to accept ‘No Work, No Pay’.