Tuesday December 07, 2021

SC Stays Minimum Wages of Workers in Sindh

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued stay order against minimum monthly wage of Rs 25,000 for workers, fixed by the Sindh government.

The Sindh High Court had upheld the government of Sindh’s decision of keeping the minimum wage at Rs25,000 a month, citing that the provincial government was competent to fix, announce and declare the minimum wage.

A two-member bench of the apex court headed by Justice Qazi Faez Isa, while hearing petitions against minimum wages fixed in Sindh, also issued notices to the Attorney General of Pakistan and Advocate General Sindh for assistance over the mechanism of minimum wages for workers.

Provincial cabinet in its session on June 25 had fixed Rs 25,000 minimum monthly wage of workers, the court said.

“The counsel of private industries has argued that the mechanism of fixing minimum wages is against the constitution”, the court observed. “The petitioner will pay all arrears of wages if the stay order taken back,” the court said.

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