Gurgaon, December 17: The industry associations in the Gurgaon-Manesar region has been upset over the state government’s sudden declaration to hike the minimum wages by 52 per cent and said that even the area's labour association had never made such a demand, reports TNN.
Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda announced the hike in the minimum wages of unskilled workers from Rs 5342 to Rs 8100 at Gohana rally on November 10.
"It is frustrating to know that the state government is increasing the minimum wage and not thinking of providing adequate power and road infrastructure for industries in the region," said an industry owner based in Manesar to TNN.
This wage hike will adversely impact the small and medium enterprises (SMEs), who are already facing slowdown, said the associations. Moreover, this step would compel local companies to migrate to states, which have better facilities, lower power tariff and wages like, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
The associations further said that 15 per cent hike was justified given the ever increasing cost of living. The declared hike will result in almost 70 per cent increase in wages when Employee's State Insurance (ESI), Provident Fund (PF) and Gratuity paid to the workers in the factories will be considered.