Gangtok, Feb 28: (Press Release from Labour Department)
A review meeting with all the Pharmaceutical Companies operating in Sikkim was held to discuss various labour issues under the Chairmanship of M.N. Sherpa, Minister for Labour on 25th February, 2022 in the Conference Hall of Tashiling Secretariat which was attended by Arun Kr. Yadav, Additional Chief Secretary, Miss Namrata Thapa, Secretary, Labour Department, HR Heads of various Pharmaceutical Companies, Officers and staff of Labour Department. The meeting started with welcome address by Arun Kr. Yadav, ACS followed by discussion on various issues as per the agenda.
The Minister for Labour urged the companies to treat the workers with respect and dignity, provide skill development trainings and give first preference in employment to local bonafide youth of Sikkim. Further, he directed to forward employment vacancy advertisement to Department of Personnel (DoP) and Labour Department, Government of Sikkim for wide publicity.
After thorough deliberations and interactions, Secretary, Labour Department wrapped up the meeting highlighting the key decisions taken and agreed upon which are as follows;
- Pharmaceutical Companies to mandatorily register their companies under the Inter State Migrant Workmen Act, 1979 along with their workers.
- Monthly increment to the casual workers at the minimum rate of Rs. 200/- subject to parameters laid down by companies.
- Absorption of casual workers under company pay roll after 08 years of continuous service.
- Medical facilities, gratuity, transportation or conveyance allowances and casual leave to be provided to all workers and maternity leave to female employees as per the provisions of Labour Laws.
- Female workers not to be employed before 6 a.m. and after 7 p.m. They should not be discriminated and should be given equal wages for equal work for similar nature of work. Night shift to be permitted only on need basis and after duly obtaining approval of the State Government.
- Mandatory registration of construction workers and deposition of 1% labour cess under the Building and Other Construction Workers (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1996 along with compulsory registration of private sector workers under the Employees State Insurance Act, 1948 who are eligible under the Act.
- Constitution of Grievance Redressal Cell, Safety Committee and Complaints Committee under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace was stressed upon.
- Crèche facility to be provided in the premises of Companies.
- Labour Department to be intimated in advance about any labour unrest in companies for resolving issues without having resorting to strikes.