Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh High Court today
upheld a decision of the Labour Court, which had struck down
as illegal retrenchment of 1,087 PWD labourers in 2005.
The High Court while deciding the petitions of the state
government against the Labour Court ruling also held that
labourers would be entitled for seniority and other benefits
of the retrenched period.
The labourers would also be given Rs 50,000 in lieu of
back wages instead of payment of half wages as ordered by the
Labour Court, a division bench said.
The state Public Works Department had recruited 1,087
labourers in Dharampur Division in Mandi in 1999 on daily
wages but the successive government retrenched these labourers
in 2005 maintaining that they were surplus and their services
were not required.
The decision of the government was challenged before the
Labour Court, Dharamsala on July 8, 2005 which held that
retrenchment was illegal and directed the state government to
reinstate the labourers. Court had also directed the
government to pay half of the back wages.
These decisions were challenged by the state government in
the High Court.