Chandigarh 13th October; Though PGI management has directed all the Contractors to pay Bonus to the workers engaged under Contract Labour (R&A) Act, 1970 since the year 2011-12 but few Contractors have not paid Bonus for the year 2012-13. On 17.1.2014, a complaint was lodged with Assistant Labour Commissioner (Central), Chandigarh. On 25.2.2014, the Assistant Labour Commissioner (Central), Chandigarh sought reply from Director, PGI. Copies enclosed.
But, there has been no response, whatsoever for releasing Bonus for the year 2012-13 to contract workers by PGI, Chandigarh. On 25th October, 2012, the contract workers took out a candlelight march in support of their demand for Bonus and on 2.11.2012, the demand was accepted by directing all Contractor to pay Bonus for the year 2011-12. Copy enclosed.
The longstanding demand of contract workers was though conceded but it has not been implemented in true letter and spirit.
Now, the Director, PGI has planned to pay Bonus to the regular workers before Diwali but there is no move to pay Bonus to contract workers by the Contractors on the plea that PGI has not given its approval.
The Group B (non-gazetted), C and D workers directly employed by PGI will get the Bonus of Rs. 3454 on or before 23rd November. It is hoped that the workers employed through contractors will also be paid bonus so that they may also celebrate Diwali.
The PGI Contract Workers Union has decided to launch strong protest and agitation if they are not paid Bonus before Diwali.