The Supreme Courtroom on Tuesday held that wages and salaries of workmen and workers of an organization present process insolvency needs to be paid first in full, supplied they labored when the decision skilled was managing the corporate as a going concern.
“This helps the workmen/ worker as salaries/ wages would now get priority over different money owed of the corporate,” SC lawyer Shikhil Suri stated.
A bench comprising Justices MR Shah and Aniruddha Bose held that the wages/ salaries might be included within the company insolvency decision course of (CIRP) prices, supplied the employees/ workers labored throughout the CIRP interval and it’s established that the decision skilled managed the operations of the company debtor as a going concern. The apex court docket stated the wages/ salaries shall be payable in full first as per Part 53(1)(a) of the Insolvency and Chapter Code (IBC).
The judges stated when the provident fund, gratuity fund and pension fund have been stored out of the liquidation property property, the share of the workmen’s dues shall even be stored outdoors the liquidation course of and the liquidator shall not have any declare over such funds.
The judgment got here on an enchantment the place a severe dispute was on whether or not Dahej Yard was operational — and if its workmen/ workers labored — throughout the CIRP.
The highest court docket directed these workmen to submit their claims earlier than the liquidator and set up that the IRP/RP managed the operations of the company debtor as a going concern and that they labored throughout the CIRP. The liquidator was directed to determine such claims in accordance with legislation on the premise of the proof produced. Until then, the liquidator must to maintain apart the quantity solely for use for the workmen/ workers’ dues.