Workers’ unions in Haryana protest labour law amendments

Gurgaon, March 31 (IANS) Several industrial workers’ unions in Haryana on Thursday protested against amendment bills passed in the state assembly, saying they will empower industrialists and badly harm the rights of the labour class.

Labour unions under the banners of various trade unions held protests at district headquarters across the state.

Many workers gathered near the main gate of the mini-secretariat in Gurgaon and burnt copies of the amendment bills.

The workers shouted slogans against the Haryana government and demanded the cancellation of the recent industrial amendment bills passed in the assembly.

They said that under the new amendments, factory owners will get more power to exploit workers.

Maruti Suzuki Kamgar Union general secretary Kuldeep Janghu termed the amendments a “Black Day” for the labour community.

Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) state president Pawan Kumar said political parties always support workers and the labour class when in opposition, but turn a blind eye after coming to power.

The Haryana assembly on Wednesday passed a bill to bring amendments in the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947, to allow industrial units with up to 300 workers strength to shut down and lay off without government permission.

Labour and Employment Minister Abhimanyu moved the Industrial Disputes (Haryana Amendment) Bill, 2016.

Another bill concerning contract labour which proposes to do away with the condition of registration for industrial establishments, employing up to 50 workers, under the Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Act, 1970, was passed by the assembly.

Two more bills, bringing amendments in the Factories Act, 1948 and Payment of Wages Act, 1936, were also passed.

The workers were protesting against these amendments terming them “keys of exploitation in the hands of business houses”.

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