The Delhi High Court has quashed a government notification dated 3rd March 2017, wherein minimum wages for workmen in all scheduled employments were increased from Rs. 9,724/- to Rs. 13,350/- (unskilled category), Rs. 10,764 to Rs. 14,698/- (semi-skilled category) and Rs. 11,830 to Rs. 16,182 (skilled category).
Petitioners, largely members of the Retailers Association of India challenged the legality of the notification by filing a writ petition.
The Delhi High Court on Saturday passed a stay order stating that no coercive steps be taken by the Delhi Government against the members of Retailers Association of India.
The RAI contended that, while its members were not averse to and/or against a reasonable increase in minimum wages, the increase of the kind done by the Delhi Government "is unprecedented, wholly arbitrary and seeks to put the whole retail industry, at least, so far as the State of Delhi is concerned, in serious jeopardy," said the association in a note.