The Madras Excessive Courtroom has directed the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Restricted (BSNL) to pay wages to its contract staff, numbering about four,500, by the 15th of each month. In future, the BSNL shall be certain that, no matter the employees or staff or contract staff are engaged by the contractors, the 30 day wage invoice shall be claimed by the BSNL from such contractor on or earlier than the fifth day of subsequent calendar month, the courtroom mentioned.
On receipt of the invoice, the employees shall be recognized and the quantity shall be quantified and accepted inside 5 days thereafter and at any value on or earlier than the 15th of the subsequent English calendar month, the earlier month’s 30 days invoice for every of the staff shall be settled on to the staff/staff.
Throughout the mentioned time, if the BSNL has not disbursed the wage or wage, that quantity would carry an curiosity of 6 per cent each year for any such belated fee, Justice R Suresh Kumar mentioned in a current order.
The choose was disposing of a batch of writ petitions from the contract staff and their unions praying for a path to the BSNL to pay the wage because of them from January 2019 and direct the contractors to contribute to the EPF and ESI and pay bonus for 2018-19.
As regards fee of bonus, the choose mentioned that it’s open to the employees or the employees union to agitate the identical with BSNL and the contractors within the method recognized to legislation and if such declare comes from the employees union, the identical shall be resolved in accordance with legislation by the corporate by mutual negotiation after verifying the contract situations.
If the difficulty turns into unresolvable, it may be referred to the Labour Commissioner for adjudication, the choose mentioned.
Insofar because the statutory dues are involved, the choose accepted the plea made by BSNL and permitted it to deduct the dues payable by these contractors to varied authorities like EPF, ESI and GST and these dues may be paid on to these statutory authorities.