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Domestic workers seek wage notification

By STAFF REPORTER

GUWAHATI, Oct 4 - The Asom Establishment and Domestic Workers� Union has appealed to the State government to notify the recommendation of a committee, which fixed Rs 30 per hour as the minimum wage for domestic workers.

Union president Pranati Dutta and general secretary Phani Das said the government had appointed a minimum wages advisory board under the chairmanship of the State Chief Secretary, which, in its sitting on August 24 last, had fixed the minimum wages of domestic workers.

According to the draft proposal, the minimum wage per hour for sweeping, swabbing, dusting, washing utensils and clothes has been fixed at Rs 30. For cooking and baby/old age care, Rs 35 per hour has been proposed.

According to the proposal, Rs 7,200 per month should be the minimum wage for full-time domestic workers, and Rs 8,400 for those taking care of babies and aged persons.

After persistent demands by several rights groups on fixing minimum wages for domestic workers, who are employed in almost all households across the country, the Centre had come out with a notification in 2007.

Based on the direction, the state governments, through their respective labour departments, had formed committees to fix minimum wages for domestic workers.

�The daily wage of domestic workers in our State is the lowest in the country. Unlike other workers, we do not have any other facilities of social security,� the union leaders said, also demanding pension facilities for domestic workers.

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Domestic workers seek wage notification

GUWAHATI, Oct 4 - The Asom Establishment and Domestic Workers� Union has appealed to the State government to notify the recommendation of a committee, which fixed Rs 30 per hour as the minimum wage for domestic workers.

Union president Pranati Dutta and general secretary Phani Das said the government had appointed a minimum wages advisory board under the chairmanship of the State Chief Secretary, which, in its sitting on August 24 last, had fixed the minimum wages of domestic workers.

According to the draft proposal, the minimum wage per hour for sweeping, swabbing, dusting, washing utensils and clothes has been fixed at Rs 30. For cooking and baby/old age care, Rs 35 per hour has been proposed.

According to the proposal, Rs 7,200 per month should be the minimum wage for full-time domestic workers, and Rs 8,400 for those taking care of babies and aged persons.

After persistent demands by several rights groups on fixing minimum wages for domestic workers, who are employed in almost all households across the country, the Centre had come out with a notification in 2007.

Based on the direction, the state governments, through their respective labour departments, had formed committees to fix minimum wages for domestic workers.

�The daily wage of domestic workers in our State is the lowest in the country. Unlike other workers, we do not have any other facilities of social security,� the union leaders said, also demanding pension facilities for domestic workers.