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Trade Unions demand for Rs 6K minimum pension, Rs 20K minimum wages

The unions during a pre-budget meeting also demanded hiking slabs for exemption of income tax for salaried persons and pensioners to Rs 10 lakh per year.

, ET Bureau|
Updated: Jun 15, 2019, 11.35 PM IST
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After the meeting, some of trade union leaders also expressed their unhappiness over the absence of Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the meeting.
Central trade unions, barring the RSS-affiliate Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh, have asked government to raise minimum wages to Rs 20,000 per month, do away with the fixed term employment, focus on employment generation through labour intensive sector and increase social sector spending to benefit over 500 million workers in the country.

"The national minimum wage at Rs 20,000 per month and universal pension at Rs 6000 per month should be the objective of the budget," the unions said in their pre-budget meeting on Saturday.

A comprehensive list of demands, signed by over 10 Central trade unions, have been presented by the unions in a pre-budget meetings scheduled with the finance minister.

However, the unions were disappointed as finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman was not present at the pre-budget consultation and there were representations from skill development societies as well as employers' organisations.

"Trade union representatives noted with concern that the cabinet minister herself was not present and only the mister of state and other officials were present in the said meeting," the unions said in a joint memorandum issueed on Saturday after the meeting.

According to the memorandum, the government had discretely included representatives under different pretexts from employers organisations and skill development socities, etc. "It was felt that this was dilution of the meeting with trade unions," the memorandum said.

Calling for stringent action on financial defaulters trade unions have asked government to ensure faster recovery of non-performing assets, increase in direct taxes for corporates and reduction in indirect taxes to relieve the common man.

The trade unions delegation included Sanjeeva Reddy of Indian National Trade Union Congress, Amarjeet Kaur of All India Trade Union Congress Mukesh Gala of Hind Mazdoor Sabha and S Debroy of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions, amongst others.

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