labour laws: Trade unions to boycott meeting called by labour ministry, terms it farce

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The joint platform of 10 central trade unions will boycott the tripartite stakeholder meeting called by labour ministry on Tuesday saying it is a farce. Instead, the unions have demanded the government hold physical meeting with adequate time given to all stakeholders to discuss the draft Rules of the four labour codes.

The labour ministry had held the first round of tripartite discussions on draft rules on Wage Code and Code on Industrial Relations in December.

Next round of discussion on the Social Security Code and the Code on Occupational Safety Health and Working Conditions.

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“The government has failed to take cognizance of our demand for a physical meeting for discussion on such a serious matter which would have long-lasting adverse impact on the lives of more than 50 crores workforce of our country and the negation of collective bargaining as a core fundamental right of workers,” they said in a joint statement issued on Monday. The 10 unions had boycotted the first meeting in December.

The trade unions said they are critical of adoption of labour codes as the same has been passed in the Parliament without appropriate discussion in absence of the entire opposition from the Parliament and without tripartite consultations.

“Instead of taking our objections seriously, the government is trying to create a farce of tripartite consultations by setting up this kind of video conference when we know that the physical meetings of the government at various levels are taking place including the negotiations with the farmers as well as the election preparation rallies in various states etc,” the unions said.

“We reiterate that we do not want to be a part of this farce. Nor the CTUs and the workers in general are going to accept the Codes as well as the rules lying down,” the unions added.

The 10 CTUs include the Congress-backed INTUC, Left’s CITU and AITUC and others like AIUTUC, TUCC, HMS, SEWA, LPF, AICCTU and UTUC.

The RSS-backed union Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh, however, is not part of the central trade unions.



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