The Indian Labour Conference,the apex forum comprising the government,employees and employers,on Saturday recommended to the government to enact laws to ensure right to work and right to pension to the entire working population.
The 45th session of the ILC,also known as the Labour Parliament,concluded that the government should provide universal social security coverage and assured pension to the entire working population.
Inaugurating the conference on Friday,Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had revealed that the UPA government was actively considering a universal social security cover for workers in both organised and unorganised sectors. The government is already working on a proposal to provide a minimum assured pension of Rs 1000 per month under the Employees Pension Scheme.
The conference,attended by several state labour ministers and representatives of trade unions and employers associations,recommended that the government examine enacting a legislation for right to work and right to pension,similar to the right to information and right to education. It felt pensionary benefits should be responsive to price rise and asked the government to increase spending on social security schemes.
For universal social security coverage for the entire working population,it said appropriate steps should be taken to remove the prevalent hurdles,such as making different social security schemes eligible only for BPL beneficiaries,to achieve this objective.
The conference also discussed a government proposal to exempt small and micro enterprises from the ambit of labour laws. With trade union representatives strongly objecting to the idea and employees associations backing it,the conference decided to set up a committee to examine the proposal.