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Now, chorus against labour Bills

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Shivani Bhakoo

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 24

Parliament has recently passed three labour reform Bills which will provide more flexibility to employers to hire and sack the staff while ensuring social security to workers.

The three Bills — Code on Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions, Industrial Relations Code and Social Security Code — however, have not gone down well with labour unions in Ludhiana.

Rajvinder Singh, president of the Textile-Hosiery Kamgaar Union, said the "hurriedly" passed Bills were against workers and were "anti-labour". He said as per the new reforms, an industry having 300 or less workers could fire the employees without taking permission from the Labour Department or any government agency. "Earlier, this rule was valid for an industry having 100 or less workers. The government has also put many restrictions on protests organised by labour unions. These new rules are framed to strengthen the big fish while they will exploit the poor and needy," he said.

Lakhvinder Singh of the Karkhana Mazdoor Union said labour unions would take part in the protest rallies being held in favour of farmers on September 25. "During these protests, the labour unions will unite and raise their voice against the government as the recent Bills will destroy farmers, labourers and workers," Lakhvinder Singh said.

from The Tribune

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