THE PUNJAB MINIMUM WAGES FOR UNSKILLED WORKERS ORDINANCE, 1969

(Ordinance XX of 1969)

C O N T E N T S

 

Section                                Heading

 

        1.           Short title, extent, commencement and application.

        2.           Definitions.

        3.           Minimum wages in commercial and industrial establishments.

        4.           Responsibility for payment of minimum wages.

        5.           Agreements under duress to be void.

        6.           Effect of laws, orders, agreements, etc., inconsistent with this Ordinance.

        7.           Penalty.

        8.           Cognizance of offences.

        9.           Power to amend the Schedule.

 

Schedule

 

 

[1]THE PUNJAB MINIMUM WAGES FOR UNSKILLED WORKERS ORDINANCE, 1969

(Ordinance XX of 1969)

[1 July 1969]

An Ordinance to fix the minimum rates of wages for

unskilled workers employed in certain commercial and

industrial establishments in [2][* * *] [3][the Punjab].

 

Preamble.– WHEREAS it is expedient to fix the minimum rates of wages for unskilled workers employed in certain commercial and industrial establishments [4][in the Punjab];

        NOW, THEREFORE, in pursuance of the Martial Law Proclamation of 25th March, 1969, read with the Provisional Constitution Order, the Administrator of Martial Law, Zone ‘A’, in exercise of the powers of the Governor of West Pakistan conferred on him by the President and Chief Martial Law Administrator, is pleased to make and promulgate the following Ordinance:-

 

1.   Short title, extent, commencement and application.– (1) This Ordinance may be called the [5][* * *] [6][Punjab] Minimum Wages for Unskilled Workers Ordinance, 1969.

      (2)  It extends to the whole of [7][the Punjab].

      (3)  It shall be deemed to have come into force on and from the first day of July, 1969.

 

      (4)  It shall apply to every commercial and industrial establishment
[8][* * *] but shall not apply to–

            (a)  persons in the service of Pakistan, as defined in [9][Article 260 of the Constitution];

                (b)   any establishment, undertaking or installation relating to the defence services, civil armed forces, postal, telegraph and telephone services, ports, railways, fire-fighting services, electricity, gas, water-supply, public conservancy and hospitals; and

            (c)  any establishment or undertaking, which Government, by notification in the official Gazette, declares to be engaged in a public utility service for the purposes of this Ordinance.

 

2.   Definitions.– In this Ordinance, unless the context otherwise requires–

      (a)  apprentice” means a learner who is paid an allowance during the period of training;

      (b)  “commercial establishment” means an establishment in which the business of advertising, commission or forwarding is conducted, or which is a commercial agency, and includes a clerical department of a factory or of any industrial or commercial undertaking, the office establishment of a person who for the purpose of fulfilling a contract with the owner of any commercial establishment or industrial establishment, employees workmen, a unit of a joint stock company, an insurance company, a banking company or a bank, a broker’s office or stock-exchange, a club, a hotel, a restaurant or an eating house, a cinema or theatre and such other establishment or class thereof, as Government may, by notification in the official Gazette, declare to be a commercial establishment for the purposes of this Ordinance;

      (c)  employer” means a person owning or having charge of the business of a commercial or industrial establishment and includes an agent or manager or any other person acting on behalf of such person in the general management or control of such establishment;

 

   [10][(d) “Government” means Government of the Punjab;]

   [11][(e)  industrial area” means the districts of Faisalabad, Lahore, Multan, Sheikhupura, and includes any other area notified by the Government as an industrial area;]

      (f)  industrial establishment” means–

               (i)  a mine or quarry;

              (ii)  a workshop or other establishment in which the work of making, altering, repairing, ornamenting, finishing or packing or otherwise treating any article or substance with a view to its use, sale, transport, delivery or disposal is carried on, or where any such service is rendered to a customer; and

             (iii)  any other establishment which Government may, by notification in the official Gazette declare to be an industrial establishment;

      (g)  wages” means all cash remuneration payable to a workman, and includes dearness allowance, house-rent, conveyance allowance [12][, cost of living allowance, special allowances] and any other fixed allowance, but does not include travelling allowance, gratuity or bonus;

      (h)  unskilled worker” means a worker employed to do unskilled labour; and

      (i)   worker” means any person employed in a commercial or industrial establishment.

 

3.   Minimum wages in commercial and industrial establishments.– Every unskilled worker, other than an apprentice, employed in a commercial or industrial establishment situated in an area specified in column 1 of the Schedule, shall be paid wages at a rate not lower than the minimum wages per month specified against such area in column 2 of the Schedule:

      Provided that where an employer provides housing accommodation to a worker, he may deduct from the wages of such a worker, an amount not exceeding that specified in column 3 of the Schedule and where the employer provides a worker with transport to and from the place of work, he may deduct from the wages of such a worker an amount not exceeding that specified in column 4 of the Schedule.

      [13][Explanation– In this section,–

             (i)  month” means a normal working period of twenty-six days calculated at thee rate of forty-eight hours of work per week; and

         [14][(ii)  “wages” include cost of living allowance as admissible under the Employees Cost of Living (Relief) Act, 1973 (I of 1974), and special allowance announced by the Government, from the time to time, before the commencement of the West Pakistan Minimum Wages for Unskilled Workers (Amendment) Ordinance, 2001.]]

 

4.   Responsibility for payment of minimum wages.– (1) Every employer shall be responsible for the payment of minimum wages required to be paid under this Ordinance to all unskilled workers employed, either directly or through a contractor, in his commercial or industrial establishment.

      (2)  Where an unskilled worker employed in a commercial or industrial establishment to which this ordinance applies has been paid wages for the month of July, 1969, at a rate less than the minimum rate of wages to which he is entitled under this Ordinance, the employer shall, within thirty days of the promulgation of this Ordinance, pay such worker the difference between the amount actually paid to him and the amount to which he is entitled under this Ordinance.

 

5.   Agreements under duress to be void.– All agreements arrived at between the employers and the workers under duress at any time during the period from the 1st day of March, 1969 to the 25th day of March, 1969, shall, with effect from the date of coming into force of this Ordinance, be void.

      Explanation– In this section the words “under duress” include circumstances in which due to fear either party is in a state of mental incompetence to resist pressure improperly brought to bear due to violence or threat of violence.

 

6.   Effect of laws, orders, agreements, etc., inconsistent with this Ordinance.– The provisions of this Ordinance shall have effect notwithstanding anything inconsistent therewith contained in any other law or in any order or notification made or issued under any such law or in any award, agreement or contract of service:

      Provided that where under any such law, order, notification, award, agreement or contract of service, other than an agreement declared to be void under section 5, an unskilled worker is entitled to wages which are higher than the minimum wages required to be paid under this Ordinance, he shall continue to be paid such higher wages.

 

7.   Penalty.– Any employer who contravenes any provisions of this Ordinance shall be punishable with simple imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months, or with fine which may extend to [15][ten thousand] rupees, or with both.

 

8.   Cognizance of offences.– No Court shall take cognizance of any offence under this Ordinance save on a complaint made by an aggrieved worker or by an officer of a registered trade union of which such worker is a member, or any person authorised in this behalf by Government.

 

[16][9. Power to amend the Schedule.– The Government may, by notification, amend the Schedule appended to this Ordinance but the minimum wages, already notified, shall not be reduced.]

 

[17][Schedule

[See Section 3]

Area

Rate of minimum wages per month

Deduction for providing housing accommodation

Deduction for providing transport

1

2

3

4

 

Rs.

Rs.

Rs.

Karachi District

[18][6000] p.m.

25 p.m.

10 p.m.

Industrial area

[19][6000] p.m.

20 p.m.

5 p.m.

Other areas

[20][6000] p.m.

13 p.m.

2 p.m.]

 



[1]This Ordinance was promulgated by the Administrator Martial Law, Zone ‘A’, on 25th August, 1969; published in the West Pakistan Gazette (Extraordinary), dated 1st September, 1969, pages 1399-1403; saved by Article 281 of the Interim Constitution of Pakistan (1972), and, validated by the Validation of Laws Act, 1975 (LXIII of 1975).

[2]The word “West” omitted by the West Pakistan Minimum Wages for Unskilled Workers (Amendment) Ordinance, 2001 (Federal Ordinance LVII of 2001).

[3]Substituted for the word “Pakistan” by the Punjab Minimum Wages for Unskilled Workers (Amendment) Act 2013 (XXX of 2013).

[4]Substituted for the words “West Pakistan” by the Punjab Minimum Wages for Unskilled Workers (Amendment) Act 2013 (XXX of 2013).

[5]The words “West Pakistan” omitted by the West Pakistan Minimum Wages for Unskilled Workers (Amendment) Ordinance, 2001 (Federal Ordinance LVII of 2001).

[6]Inserted by the Punjab Minimum Wages for Unskilled Workers (Amendment) Act 2013 (XXX of 2013).

[7]Substituted for the word “Pakistan” by the Punjab Minimum Wages for Unskilled Workers (Amendment) Act 2013 (XXX of 2013); the word “Pakistan” had earlier been substituted for the words “the Province of West Pakistan, except the Tribal Areas”, by the Federal Adaptation of Laws Order, 1975 (P.O.4 of 1975).

[8]The words and comma “wherein fifty or more persons are employed or were employed on any day during the preceding twelve months,” omitted by the West Pakistan Minimum Wages for Unskilled Workers (Amendment) Ordinance, 2001 (Federal Ordinance LVII of 2001).

[9]Substituted for “Article 242 of the Constitution of 1962”, by the Federal Adaptation of Laws Order, 1975 (P.O.4 of 1975)

[10]Substituted by the Punjab Minimum Wages for Unskilled Workers (Amendment) Act 2013 (XXX of 2013) for the following:

  “(d)  Government” means the Provincial Government.”.

[11]Substituted by the Punjab Minimum Wages for Unskilled Workers (Amendment) Act 2013 (XXX of 2013), for the original clause (e) which read as under:-

  “(e) “industrial area” means the districts of Hyderabad, Lyallpur, Lahore, Multan and Sheikhpura and Kotri Taluka in Dadu District, and any other area which Government may, by notification in the official Gazette, declare to be an industrial area for the purposes of this Ordinance;”.

[12]Inserted by the West Pakistan Minimum Wages For Unskilled Workers (Amendment) Act, 1993 (Federal Act IX of 1993), effective from the first day of July, 1992.

[13]Substituted by the West Pakistan Minimum Wages For Unskilled Workers (Amendment) Act, 1993 (Federal Act IX of 1993), effective from the first day of July, 1992.

[14]Substituted by the West Pakistan Minimum Wages for Unskilled Workers (Amendment) Ordinance, 2001 (Federal Ordinance LVII of 2001).

[15]Substituted for the words “two thousand” by the Punjab Minimum Wages for Unskilled Workers (Amendment) Act 2013 (XXX of 2013).

[16]Inserted by the Punjab Minimum Wages for Unskilled Workers (Amendment) Act 2013 (XXX of 2013).

[17]Substituted by the West Pakistan Minimum Wages for Unskilled Workers (Amendment) Act, 1993 (Federal Act IX of 1993), effective from the first day of July 1992.

[18]Substituted for the figure “4600” by the Finance Act 2008 (Federal Act I of 2008).

[19]Substituted for the figure “4600” by the Finance Act 2008 (Federal Act I of 2008).

[20]Substituted for the figure “4600” by the Finance Act 2008 (Federal Act I of 2008).