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Trade Unions say workers are paid under a contract and that the contract states that workers are entitled to wages as long as he is ready to work not dependent on whether the company can provide him with work or not.
A group of Mumbai-based trade union organisations have moved the Supreme Court seeking to intervene in a petition filed by a textile firm challenging the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and Maharashtra Government order directing industries to pay wages to workers during the lockdown period.
Mumbai-based Trade Union Joint Action Committee, Trade Union Centre of India and the Hind Mazdoor Sabha through Advocate Aparna Bhat has in their intervening application stated that March 29 order of MHA, and the March 31 order of the Maharashtra Government directing employers to refrain from deducting wages during the lockdown period were orders "in an emergent situation to deal with a disaster like COVID19" and that there exists “power to issue such an order” under the Disaster Management Act.