Labour Reforms – Key Demands of the Trade Unions

Labour Reforms

Posted by on December 1, 2016

One of the major hurdles facing labour reforms initiative is the resistance from the trade unions. Here are the list of their demands:

  1. Urgent measures for containing price-rise through universalisation of public distribution system and banning speculative trade in commodity market
  2. Containing unemployment through concrete measures for employment generation
  3. Strict enforcement of all basic labour laws without any exception or exemption and stringent punitive measures for violation of labour laws.
  4. Universal social security cover for all workers
  5. Minimum wages of not less than Rs 15,000/- per month with provisions of indexation
  6. Assured enhanced pension not less than Rs.3,000/- p.m. for the entire working population
  7. Stoppage of disinvestment in Central/State PSUs
  8. 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
  9. Removal of all ceilings on payment and eligibility of bonus, provident fund; increase the quantum of gratuity.
  10. 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
  11. Stoppage of Pro Employer Labour Law Amendments
  12. 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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    Rajesh Tanwar
    December 2, 2016

    While some the demands listed above are reasonable and deserve consideration( 1 to 6),some are not worth considering because these reflect retrograde mentality which is a hurdle to growth of the economy(7 to 12).The country needs a progressive balance. Privatisation and competition are a must. There must also a reasonable flexibility in manning.Neither there should be too much contracting nor there should be too much regular rolls employment. More importantly there must be radical improvement in judiciary to decide all labour related issues(disputes) in a fast a fair manner. Labour always plays victim.Why the trade unions are not raising this demand ?

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