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Union Labour Ministry Allays apprehensions about Labour Codes as misfounded   Sep 28, 2020

The Ministry of Labour & Employment in a press release stated that the Labour Codes are aimed at expanding labour welfare measures not only to existing beneficiaries but also to over 40 more workers in the unorganized sector.  The Ministry has also said that new Welfare provisions have been introduced in the OSH Code – 

(1) For establishment carrying on hazardous and life threatening occupations, the Government can notify coverage even on establishment having workers less than the threshold. 

(2) ESIC has been extended to plantation workers. 

(3) Appointment letter has been made mandatory. 

(4) Free annual health checkup has been introduced. 

(5) Bipartite safety committee has been introduced for establishments in factory, mines and plantation in place of hazardous factories. 

(6) Activities of the plantation worker dealing with like insecticides, pesticides have been included as hazardous processes. 

(7) Strengthening of provisions relating to inter-state migrant worker and including provision of annual journey allowance to visit home-town. 


The Ministry has also said that the position of Trade Unions has been strengthened by introducing decentralised registration process. Ministry has dubbed apprehensions regarding 14 day notice period as totally misfounded. It has said that it only adds an opportunity for resolving the labour grievance before going on strike mandating establishments to attempt solving the issues.


Text of the Press Release attached 

 

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