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The Assam’s BJP government has made a major amendment to the Labour Law. Last Thursday, the Assam assembly passed a bill, called “Industrial Disputes(Assam Amendment) Bill, 2017”. According to this, in industries engaging upto 300 workers, the employers can retrench workers without any approval of the government. It is important to note that this is one of the important demands of the corporates. According to this amendment, in 70% of the industrial units, the employers will be in a position to retrench workers, without any restrictions of the government. It means, the employers can implement “Hire & Fire” policy in 90% of the industries. When the Central Trade Unions are offering stiff resistance for the Modi government to legislate any such act at the Centre, the BJP ruled states, one after another, are fulfilling the demand of the corporates. On one side, the Modi government refuses to accept Central Trade Unions’ demand of implementing Rs.18,000 as the minimum wage to the workers. But, on the other side, it is trying it’s best to implement the demands of the corporates. This is why we call it an “anti-worker and pro-corporate government”.(Courtesy: BSNLEU website)

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