Demand to set up tripartite committee to address issues of sugar industry workers 

Pune: The Maharashtra Rajya Sakhar Kamgar Federation (INTUC) has demanded that the government should set up a tripartite committee to discuss the wages and other facilities for sugar industry workers and hike the wages by 40 per cent in the new financial year. The contract of the workers in the state expired on March 31, 2019.

A delegation of federation led by secretary Nitin Pawar met Sugar Commissioner Shekhar Gaikwad and handed over the memorandum of demands on April 9.

Treasurer Dattatraya Nimase, Vice president Ramnath Garad, Publicity head Sukhdev Fulari, Bhausahed Choudhari, Machchhindra Salunke, Sanjay Raut, Ashokrao Pawar, Shivaji Shinde, B G Mhaske, Sadabhau Darandale, Narayan Barde, Haribhau Kolate, Dada DagadKhair, Adinath Rajale, Prasad Garad And Ashok Wagh were present during the meet.

Speaking at Sugar commissionerate in Pune, Nitin Pawar said, “As per the recommendations made by the wage committees appointed by the state government, the salaries and positions of workers attached with sugar and allied industries should be fixed. They should be paid their salaries and other allowances as per their grades. Their minimum salaries should be fixed from April 1, 2019, and they should get 40 per cent hike in their salary as per the government order issued for the workers in the sector of Industry, Energy and Labour department.”

“The government should take steps to ensure that sugar mills obey the new salary norms”, Pawar further added.

Major demands of sugar industry workers – 

  • 40% hike in existing salaries
  • Additional wages based on work hours
  • Seasonal hike of Rs 5000 till salary hike agreement
  • Night allowance: Rs 50
  • Monthly washing allowance Rs 400
  • Monthly medical allowance Rs 600
  • Monthly education allowance Rs 500
  • Maternity leave for women workers
  • Minimum 15 paid leaves
  • Workers’ successors should be occupied in jobs
  • Benefits for deceased, retired and resigned workers

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