Government completes discussion with employers and trade unions on labour code rules
New Delhi: 22.jan.2021: The Union government on Wednesday completed the tripartite consultations to finalize the labour code rules despite trade union resistance, giving a week’s time to all stakeholders to submit any feedback in writing according to a report published in MINT.
The report says that the trade unions across parties have opposed several provisions in the codes, including fixed-term employment, keeping smaller firms out of the purview of contract labour rules, and differential working hours for formal and informal workers. Employers’ groups favoured the reform steps, including reduced compliance, single registration system for labour law compliance, and promotion of fixed-term jobs. The employers’ representatives, however, have sought clarity on grievance redressal and statutory deductions to calculate social security provisions.
“The labour codes have many progressive steps in sync with present-day requirements. The fixed-term employment provision is a welcome step. This is the third round of tripartite consultations on labour code rules. Some trade unions did not participate earlier; this time, it was a face-to-face meeting and all were there," said Ramakant Bhardwaj, vice president of Laghu Udyog Bharti, a micro and small enterprises network.
Bharadwaj, who attended the meeting on Wednesday, said the Union labour ministry said any further feedback or suggestions can be shared only till 27 January.
A labour ministry spokesperson said the government is not issuing any formal statement as yet on the meeting. Last week, labour secretary Apurva Chandra had said that the rules will be finalized by 31 January.
Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, a central trade union, asked the ministry to bring contract workers in smaller companies under the purview of the labour codes. The government has proposed to exempt firms having less than 50 workers from this rule. “BMS strongly objected to the exclusion of contract labour from the purview of labour codes up to 50 workers and said the codes should provide for their protection," said the union affiliated to Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the ideological parent of ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.