|20 December 2006|
|Ministry of Labour & Employment|
STANDING LABOUR COMMITTEE SETS AGENDA FOR INDIAN LABOUR CONFERENCE
NO COMPROMISE ON JUST INTERESTS OF WORKING CLASS, ASSURES LABOUR MINISTER
Strengthening of Labour Laws and their effective implementation to prevent violations, Bonus Act, Contract Act and Measures to improve employability of the Youth are the issues which will be discussed at forthcoming 41st Session of the Indian Labour Conference. The agenda was decided after day-long deliberations by social partners at the 41st Meeting of the Standing Labour Committee here today. The meeting was presided over by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Labour & Employment, Shri Oscar Fernandes.
Earlier inaugurating the meeting, the Minister said that the Government is working on modalities to provide relief to a large number of workers in the unorganised sector through legislative measures. He said that extension of various schemes such as Janshree Bima Yojna, Krishi Shramik Samajik Suraksha Yojana is also being worked out. He urged the social partners to extend support to these efforts to fulfill the long standing commitment towards the so far neglected workforce. Reiterating Government’s commitment to the welfare of workers in a dynamic growing economy, Shri Fernandes said, “ We need to adopt a multi-pronged approach, which includes development of our human resources, modernisation of our vocational training institutions, revamping of our national employment services, promoting Public-Private Partnership in HRD, facilities for retraining and resklling of workforce, and financial support to enable the workers to avail these opportunities.” He asked the tripartite partners to pay attention to these important issues and evolve a system that encourages lifelong learning. He assured the tripartite members that there would be no compromise on the just interests of the working class. He said that recently the workers of the IT sector have been included for coverage under the Employees Provident Fund Act.
Welcoming the delegates, the Labour & Employment Secretary, Shri K. M. Sahni said that globalisation has effected employment relations and job creations. He said issues needed to be addressed by creating a right balance of flexibility, stability and security. He said that it would involve labour market reforms and our endeavour has been to strive for labour reforms by following a strictly consensual approach. Shri Sahni said that providing social security benefits to workers in unorganised sector is one of the biggest challenge before the Government. He said that proposal for enactment of a legislation and formulation of social security scheme for them is currently under the consideration of the Government.
The Conference was attended by the representatives of Central Trade Union organisations, Employers Organisations, State Governments and Central Ministries and Departments.
MLD: LK:L-154( 41st standing labour committee) 20.12.06