BWSSB Told to Pay Minimum Wages to Workers

BENGALURU: The Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) has been directed by the Safai Karamchari Aayog to pay 292 workers wages of `7,757 per month henceforth with arrears from April 2014.

The workers were still being paid `6,220 per month. After visiting BWSSB offices and going through the safety precautions implemented for the workers, Narayan, State Chairman of the Aayog on Tuesday said, “Minimum monthly wages should have been `7,757. We have directed BWSSB to pay the difference with effect from 2014 April.”

The team, which included General Secretary Sangapuri and was accompanied by BWSSB Chairman Anjum Parwez, also inspected the safety equipment used by the workers in the field.

However, according to the team, several workers had approached them with complaints that the uniforms provided were worn out. Contractors maintain that the workers do not prefer to use these uniforms and it was recommended that the BWSSB convene a safety meeting including all stakeholders in order to increase awareness of safety equipment and their usage.

Other recommendations of the Aayog include a health checkup every three months, issuing of ESI cards as well as ID cards to the workers.

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