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Centre’s move over labour laws: AITUC to hold protest in city

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Panaji

The All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) has decided to hold a protest on July 15 in the city to oppose move over labour laws.    

According to the AITUC, the NDA government is pushing ahead its programme of amending 40 existing labour legislations and has decided to scrap 44 central labour laws merging them into 4 labour codes and as immediate move the government is proposing to bring in 2 codes, that is, code of wages and on occupational safety, health and working conditions.

In a press note release, AITUC general secretary Christopher Fonseca says that the recent amendment sought to the Factories Act, 1948 by the NDA government at the Centre in the name of Codification of the Draft Bill on Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions, 2018, is an attempt to undermine the issues pertaining to health, safety, working hours, holidays and other general welfare measures of the statutory labour legislations. 

That the government is all out to change Chapter III dealing with safety of workers working in the factories, Chapter V pertaining to hazardous processes,  Chapter V pertaining to working hours of adults, etc, which will have catastrophic effect on the working class.

The AITUC further says that there is a move to reduce the penalty for offences by an employer from 2 years to 3 months for violation of provisions of the Factories Act, 1948, while an attempt is made to allow women to work in night shifts.  However, this will be used by the employers to harass and victimise women employees and get rid of them by putting them in night shift duties, it says.

Some of the demands of AITUC include immediate withdrawal of new Code on Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions, 2018, resumption of mining operations on sustainable basis in the state, revision of minimum wages.

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