Nepal Government Fixes Minimum Wage in Consensus with Trade Unions and Employers

The Government of Nepal has fixed Rs 13,450 as the minimum monthly wage of labourers. The decision was taken as per the tripartite discussions held between employers, representatives of trade unions and government. The meeting agreed to hike the basic salary by Rs2,250 and increase the allowance by Rs1,500. This year minimum wage increased around 39% . Previously, the minimum wage was Rs9,700 per month. As per  new minimum wage other related amount like festival amount, leave amount, maternity allowance, Health and Accident Insurance amount etc will be also increased. 

Speaking to the media personnel, Minister for Labour Gokarna Bista said that the rate of salary increment of the workers is higher this time compared to the past increments.

During the  programme, GEFONT President Binod Shrestha said that “Due to lack of living wage with in the country , youths are compelled to migrant for Foreign Employment, therefore We have been demanding to raise  the minimum to  Rs 20,000 per month.” He informed that in consensus,  the minimum wage has been fixed as Rs 13,450 per  month and it must be implemented to  all the workers.

Likewise, JTUCC President Biswonath Payakurel urged the Employers for the implementation of minimum wage and the Government to monitor the effective implementation.
On the occasion, Chairperson of the Committee, Bhawani Rana, said that Employers are committed to implement the minimum wage agreement and cooperate the campaign to make prosperous Nepal. 

GEFONT Vice President Deepak Poudel, Employer Representtaives- Bharat Raj Acharya  Chandra Prasad Dhakal, Shekhar Golchha etc informed about the agreement on  minimum wage increment.The Government has formed Minimum Wage Review Committee on 20 April, 2018. In the Committee Representatives of Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security, Trade Unions and  Employers involved.

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