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Minsiter demands amendment of Contract Labour Act
Published on 25 Nov. 2010 12:00 AM IST
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Tripura Labour Minister Manik Dey has demanded amendment of Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Act, 1972 to prevent unlawful contract employment in both public and private sectors for safeguarding the interest of the workers.
According to a release here, Dey had highlighted, at the 43rd Session of Indian Labour Conference in New Delhi, that taking advantage of Finance Ministrys order passed in November 2005, banning the creation of new posts in government departments, public sectors had been engaging staff on a contract basis and in most of the cases depriving the workers of their wages.
He demanded to treat all outsourcing activities as contract and to bring all such issues under the preview of Contract Labour Legislation while ensuring equal pay for both regular and contracting employees for similar work and wages of the contract workers in any company should be higher than the minimum wage norms.
Flaying the Centre, Dey said that the basic policy to overcome the bad effects of the financial meltdown was to increase the employment opportunities and social protection of all levels of workers but it happened reverse, as workers were left at the mercy of the employers.
“In most cases, there has been job loss and wages privileges of the workers have been reduced in many sector despite the huge financial packages offered to industries by the Centre,’’ he said. Dey also nailed the Centre for weakening the Public Distribution System (PDS) and suggested to arrest price hike by banning future and forward trading in food articles, universalising the PDS and supplying the essential commodities through the PDS. He further appealed to the Centre to chalk out policies that would not only end job losses but also ensure creation of decent jobs with assured minimum wages and social security benefits and stop disinvestment of public sector undertakings.

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