July 11, 2015 12:54:25 am
Labour law reforms by the Centre and state governments as well as employment and skill development of workers are some of the key issues that will be taken up by the Indian Labour Conference when it meets later this month.
The decision was taken by the Standing Labour Committee on Friday that met to finalise the agenda for the ILC.
While trade union leaders have sought a discussion on the recent slew of labour law reforms, employer representatives are understood to have called for more thought on improving employability of workers.
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These issues would be discussed in addition to the earlier agenda that called for a review of implementation of recommendations of previous ILCs on contract labour, minimum wages, skilled workers, tripartite mechanism, as well as discussion on issues including social security, removal of micro, small and medium enterprises from the purview of the Factories Act and amendment of the Payment of Bonus Act, 1965.
“Under the chairmanship of Minister of State for labour and employment (Independent Charge), the SLC met for updation of the agenda set by the 46thSession of the Standing Labour Committee on 31st January 2014 for the next ILC,” said an official release.
“We pointed out that the government is trying to impose conditions of bonded labour on workers and its labour law amendments will result in formal sector workers turning into informal sector labour. These issues must be discussed at the ILC,” said Tapan Sen, member of the Rajya Sabha (CPI-M) and general secretary, CITU.
The ILC, traditionally an annual meeting attended by Central and state labour ministers and officials, representatives of employers’ unions as well as members of trade unions to discuss pertinent issues, is scheduled to meet on July 20 and 21.
PM Modi is also expected to make the inaugural address.
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