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Minimum wage

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IN recent years, with a rhetorical flourish in the federal budget speech, the finance minister has announced an increase in the minimum monthly wage for unskilled labour. It now stands at Rs15,000 per month. The federal decision puts pressure on the provinces to also raise the minimum monthly wage for unskilled labour. But reality is very different to what the government presents. The International Labour Organisation in a report on minimum-wage setting in the garment industry in Pakistan has called for the repeal of the Unskilled Minimum Wage Ordinance, 1969, and the ratification of the Minimum Wage Fixing Convention, 1970. The aim is to update........

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