Sindh proposes Rs44,000 minimum wages for labourers
18 March 2023
The Sindh government has
proposed Rs44,000 as the minimum monthly
wage for labourers given the current the
inflation in the country.
In a statement on the floor of the Sindh
Assembly, provincial Labour and Human
Resources Minister Saeed Ghani said the
current wage of Rs25,000 was highly
insufficient for labourers and their
He recalled that around two years ago Sindh
was the first province which increased the
minimum monthly wage from Rs17,500 to
The employers and factory owners in 2021
opposed the decision while maintaining that
such a sudden rise in wages would sharply
increase the cost of doing business.
They later moved the court against the
While employers would again reject the
proposal, Ghani said that they can mediate
with the business owners to find a middle
ground for resolving any dispute.
He said that a way forward should be found
in this regard to letting the low-salaried
workers fulfill the basic needs of their
families in an honourable manner.
The minister recalled that the Sindh
government in the past years had increased
the minimum wage to Rs16,000 when the US
Dollar exchange rate was Rs100 as the same
formula had been applied to later increase
the monthly wage to Rs25,000 with the
increase in the value of the dollar.
He told the lawmakers that financial
assistance paid by the Sindh Employees’
Social Security Institution to the family of
a deceased labourer had been increased to
Rs700,000 from Rs500,000.
Similarly, assistance given to a worker for
the marriage of his daughter has been
increased to Rs200,000 from Rs100,000.