The Central government is passing bills one after another, in the name of labour reforms, to curtail the rights of the workers won through hard struggles.
This time, it is the Bill seeking exempting lakhs of establishments, about 482.7 of them, from filing returns and maintaining registers, which is passed by the Parliament. The definition of small establishments, which need not furnish returns have been increased from 10 to 40 workers. This will keep away crores of workers in the 4 crore and off establishments.
The acts which can be avoided by the small establishments are Motor Transport Workers Act 1961, The Payment of Bonus Act, 1965, The Interstate Migrant Workmen (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of service) Act 1979, The Building and Other Construction Workers (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of service) Act 1996.
There was strong opposition from Congress, CPI(M), TMC and Biju Janata Dal.
We express our strong protest and condemn the NDA government for passing such aan anti-labour and pro-corporate Bill.