Kerala’s New Labour Policy: From minimum wages to creche facility, know highlights

The Pinarayi Vijayan led LDF government in Kerala is all set to implement its new labour policy in the state. The Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister on Wednesday gave the policy go-ahead.

The new labour policy aims to make Kerala employee-friendly and ensures social security and decent wages to all workers.

Creche facility that will set-up in association with the Social Justice Department is the major highlight of the new policy. By advocating women-friendly measures, the policy expects to ensure that women employees get all benefits as per the law.

The new policy stress on the welfare of migrant workers too. It proposes strong steps to eliminate child labour in Kerala. To ensure the worker gets enough each day, the minimum wage has been fixed at Rs 600 per day as per the new policy.

The new policy also aims to discourage flash strikes in the state and end the practice of extracting wages without doing any work.

A new legislation will be brought in, by which minimum wages will be ensured in those sectors that do not fall under the ambit of the Minimum Wages Act.

The Labour Department will conduct a survey to ascertain the actual number of unemployed persons who are registered in employment exchanges across the state. The government is planning to open Employability Centres in all districts.

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