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11 October 2012

The Indian government might amend the Contract Labour Act to offer equal pay to temporary workers after the country has seen unrest over pay conditions of workers, Livemint writes.

This is according to the labour minister Mallikarjun Kharge who announced the news on Wednesday at a conference.

In a riot in July at Maruti Suzuki factory over unfair pay conditions, a senior executive was killed and almost 100 workers were injured. Then the Indian Staffing Federation warned that such incidents can have a big impact on job creation in the country. 

Labour problems occur “when the workers are not paid their due or exploited in terms of wages, hours of work,” said Mr Kharge said. “Huge difference of wages between the regular workers and contract workers lead to cause of unrest.”

“The proposal to amend the Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Act, 1970, to safeguard the interest of the contract workers in terms of wages and social security is under consideration.”

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