SC Stays Minimum Wage For Workers In Sindh
The SHC had upheld the government of Sindh's decision of keeping the minimum wage at Rs 25,000 a month. The high court had also ruled that the provincial government was competent to fix, announce and declare the minimum wage.
The counsel for private industries argued that the mechanism of fixing minimum wages was against the constitution.
The bench remarked that the petitioner would pay all arrears of wages if the stay order taken back.
The bench also recommended constitution of a three-member bench for hearing of the case.
The counsel of private industries argued that the Sindh Wage board had recommended fixing Rs. 19,000 as minimum monthly wage of workers. The chief minister against the recommendation enhanced the minimum monthly wage at Rs 25,000, he added.
He said that the chief minister or the government of Sindh had not been authorized to increase the wage on their own. He said that other provinces had fixed minimum wage 20,000 per month, while in Sindh it was 25,000.
Justice Qazi Faez said that there was also issue of provincial autonomy.
The counsel said that it was impossible for Sindh's industries to pay monthly wage of Rs 25,000.