Will the OSH Code mitigate the aspirations of Contract Labour?

Will the OSH Code mitigate the aspirations of Contract Labour?
The OSH Code has defined Core activity. Core activity has been defined as any activity for which the establishment is set up and includes any activity which is essential or necessary to such activity'. Further, the definition excludes eleven activities from the ambit of core activity of the establishment provided the establishment is not set up for such activity.

The incidents of labour strife involving contract labour, its welfare issues, wages, working hours and raw handling in recent past have again brought the contract labour issue in focus.

The data of Annual survey of Industry (ASI) which covers establishment registered under the Factories Act, shows a surge in deployment in contract labours usage in the organized manufacturing sector. As per this report the over half of the increase in total employment from 7.7 million to 13.7 million between 2000-01 and 2015-16 was accounted for by contract workers. The share of contract workers in total employment increased sharply from 15.5 per cent in 2000-01 to 27.9 per cent in 2015-16, while the share of directly hired workers fell from 61.2 per cent to 50.4 per cent over the same period. More interestingly the surge in the Contract Labour workforce has been found more in capital intensive industry rather than labour intensive industry. The reason for such surge can be attributed to four-fold reasons. One the rigid labour laws,...

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Deepanjan Dey

currently is General Manager- IR at Eveready Industries India Ltd., Kolkata

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Deepanjan Dey

currently is General Manager- IR at Eveready Industries India Ltd., Kolkata

Dec. 2022 Issue

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