GATWU wins historic increase in minimum wages for garment workers in Bangalore

Bangalore, 6 March 2014: After a prolonged struggle and campaign by the Garment and Textile Workers Union (GATWU) for a new minimum wage, after a year since the High Court order directing the government to “pass appropriate orders as expeditiously as possible, and in any event not later than three months from the date of receipt of copy of this order”, and several rounds of tripartite negotiations, the Karnataka government finally notified a new minimum wage for garment workers in the state.

As per the new notification dated 28 February 2013, the daily minimum wage for garment workers is as below:

Zone Category Basic DA Total
I Unskilled 220 32.53 252.53
Semi-skilled 229 32.53 261.53
Skilled 232 32.53 264.53
Highly-skilled 240 32.53 272.53
II Unskilled 215 32.53 247.53
Semi-skilled 224 32.53 256.53
Skilled 227 32.53 259.53
Highly-skilled 235 32.53 267.53
III Unskilled 210 32.53 267.53
Semi-skilled 219 32.53 251.53
Skilled 222 32.53 254.53
Highly-skilled 230 32.53 262.53

In 2009, the government in a draft notification set a minimum wage of a basic pay of Rs. 96.20, which was, in a fresh notification in 2010, revised to Rs. 114.10 (including Dearness Allowance). The notification was never implemented, barring in a few large-sized export-oriented companies.