Salary cut, firing staff will affect mental strength of staff, Kerala states in SC
New Delhi: Kerala has stated in a report submitted in the supreme court that the moves by public and private sector companies to curb salary and terminate employees during the lockdown period will adversely affect their mental strength to resist COVID. The state also pointed out that not paying the salary during lockdown period is denial of natural justice.
Terminating staff and cutting salary will only serve to worsen the situation. Apart from affecting the financial condition of the staff, it will also affect their strength to fight the pandemic. Kerala submitted the report on the basis of the writ petition filed by Kerala State Small Industries Association questioning the order of central and state governments to pay full salary during lockdown.
Kerala pointed out that the association's argument that the governments have no right to order them to pay full salary, is baseless. According to the section 10 of Disaster Management Act passed in 2005, the central and state governments have the right to issue guidelines regarding job of the employees. During the extraordinary situation, the companies should cooperate with the government, Kerala requested.
Earlier, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs had withdrawn the order which they issued earlier directing companies and institutions to pay full salary to the staff during the lockdown period.