Labour reforms: ILC suggests tripartite mechanism, conclusion unsatisfactory for unions

By: ENS Economic Bureau | Amsterdam/new Delhi | Updated: July 22, 2015 2:11 am

Underlining the “historical role of tripartite mechanism” for enactment of labour laws, the Indian Labour Conference on Tuesday said that labour laws need to be relooked and updated in a time-bound manner but said that the welfare and rights of workers, sustainability of enterprises and job creation and industrial peace must be taken into account.

“The Committee recommends that the overall exercise of the labour law amendments should be discussed in the tripartite forum and the broad and specific proposals should also be discussed in tripartite meetings,” said an official release on the conclusion of the two-day ILC and its key recommendations.

In his inaugural address on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that the tripartite mechanism would be used to reach a consensus but had re-iterated the government’s intent to review labour laws. However, trade unions seemed far from satisfied after the conclusion of the deliberations and said they would go ahead with the planned nation- wide strike on September 2. “The Centre has realised that it can not ride roughshod over trade unions and will have to undertake tripartite discussions. But it is in a hurry to go ahead with their plans,” said AD Nagpal, secretary, Hind Mazdoor Sabha.

Expressing disappointment over the ILC’s proceedings, Gurudas Dasgupta, general secretary, All India Trade Union Congress said, “The government did not look into our issues, nor did it consider our demands, instead it explained and justified their policies and economic strategies. Trade unions are never against investment and growth but that cannot be done against the cost of labour.”

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