Following industry owners demands to exclude organised labourers from the Maharashtra Mathadi Act,MLA Shashikant Shinde,also an advisory committee member,said he would initiate setting up a panel to discuss the scope of the Act. Shinde was speaking at a seminar organised by the Labour Law Practitioners Association (LLPA) recently.
Since the Supreme Court judgement on Mathadi Act in October 2009 reinforcing jurisdiction of the Act for organised labourers,this was the first time a discussion on it was held in the state. Shinde,who is also the president of Maharashtra Mathadi and General Kamgar Union said that LLPA representatives,employer representatives and Mathadi workers will be included in the panel.
Inaugurating the seminar,Justice Satyaranjan Dharmadhikari of Bombay High Court said that the Supreme Court has reinforced that the Mathadi Act will be applicable to organised labourers. The SC has done it with social justice in mind. While people have a right to debate on it,they must do it only to a certain extent and only on unconstitutional points, he said.
Around 250 representatives from industry and 70 labour law advocates attended the seminar Implications of SCs latest judgement on Mathadi Law and significance of labour reforms in rapidly developing Indian economy.
According to the Mathadi Act,wages of mathadis,hamal and other manual workers are to be deposited with the Mathadi board. However,it is alleged that mathadis refuse to accept the pre-decided wages and demand more at the factory gates. In order to curb this,there has been a unanimous demand from the industry owners to exclude them from the Maharashtra Mathadi,Hamal and other Manual Workers (Regulation of Employment and Welfare) Act,1969.