Labour Reforms – Key Demands of the Trade Unions
One of the major hurdles facing labour reforms initiative is the resistance from the trade unions. Here are the list of their demands:
- Urgent measures for containing price-rise through universalisation of public distribution system and banning speculative trade in commodity market
- Containing unemployment through concrete measures for employment generation
- Strict enforcement of all basic labour laws without any exception or exemption and stringent punitive measures for violation of labour laws.
- Universal social security cover for all workers
- Minimum wages of not less than Rs 15,000/- per month with provisions of indexation
- Assured enhanced pension not less than Rs.3,000/- p.m. for the entire working population
- Stoppage of disinvestment in Central/State PSUs
- Stoppage of contractorisation in permanent perennial work and payment of same wage and benefits for contract workers as regular workers for same and similar work
- Removal of all ceilings on payment and eligibility of bonus, provident fund; increase the quantum of gratuity.
- Compulsory registration of trade unions within a period of 45 days from the date of submitting application; and immediate ratification of ILO Conventions C 87 and C 98
- Stoppage of Pro Employer Labour Law Amendments
- Stoppage of FDI in Railways, Insurance and Defence
In addition to these the central trade unions are also demanding the withdrawal of the Land Acquisition amendment bill/ordinance.
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