Employers: Cannot give full pay to workers during lockdown

File: Chandra Dhakal

Kathmandu, May 18

Despite the government instruction that industrialists, entrepreneurs, and businesspersons need to give full pays to their workers for the period of lockdown also, the employers say they cannot adhere to the decision.

Chandra Dhakal, the vice president of the umbrella organisation of Nepali private businesses, FNCCI, says the businesspersons cannot sustain their businesses if they are required to pay their employees full salaries as most of the companies are not operating and, hence, not earning.

Dhakal, who also heads the Employers Council of the FNCCI, says, “We have said a just decision should be made. Both the workers and the industrialists should feel they have been given justice.”  He is of the view that paying 33 to 50 per cent of the salaries could create a win-win situation so that the businesses can contribute to the national economy smoothly later.

He informs that the employers are in conversation with the trade unions in the coordination of the Ministry of Labour, Employment, and Social Security.

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