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Parliament passes Industrial Disputes (Amendment) Bill

Parliament today passed a law which will allow a dismissed industrial worker to directly approach the labour court for redressal of his grievances without any reference from the government.



New Delhi: Parliament today passed a law
which will allow a dismissed industrial worker to directly
approach the labour court for redressal of his grievances
without any reference from the government.

The Industrial Disputes (Amendment) Bill, 2010, which was
approved by the Lok Sabha, provides for a workman to approach
labour court after 45 days of his dismissal without reference
from appropriate government, Centre or state. The bill was
earlier passed by the Rajya Sabha.

"During the conciliation period, people used to indulge in
delaying tactics. The Standing Committee suggested that the
period be reduced to 45 days," Labour Minister Mallikarjun
Kharge said winding up the debate on the Bill.

The original Bill had provided for a three-month waiting
period for filing of complaint by a dismissed worker. But, it
was reduced to 45 days on the recommendations of the Standing
Committee.

The Bill, which seeks to amend the Industrial Disputes
Act, 1947, also provides for establishment of a grievance
redressal machinery in every industrial unit employing 20 or
more workmen.

According to the bill, a person receiving up to Rs 10,000
per month would be treated as workman under the new
provisions. At present, the limit is Rs 1,600 a month.

On the demand of members for further raising the limit,
Kharge said, "Most of the stakeholders whom the ministry met
had objections to raising the limit....if we can increase it
further after consultations, I will get back to the House."

Under the present law, the workman whose services have
been dismissed, retrenched or terminated is unable to approach
the Labour Court or Tribunal in the absence of a reference of
industrial dispute by the appropriate government.

"This causes delay and untold sufferings to the workmen",
the statement of objects and reasons of the bill said.

PTI

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