Inter Ministerial Committee appeals to trade unions to reconsider proposed strike call

NetIndian News Network

New Delhi, August 28, 2015

The Inter-Ministerial Meeting (IMC) met here for the second day yesterday on the 12-point charter of demands of trade unions and appealed to them to reconsider their proposed call for a strike on September 2.
The trade unions  have agreed to consider the appeal, an official press release said here late yesterday evening.
The IMC comprises Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Labour & Employment Minister Bandaru Dattatreya, Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister for Personnel & Training Jitendra Singh and Power Minister Piyush Goyal.
During the discussions, the trade union leaders voiced their concerns about various issues and sought clarifications on their demands, the release said.
Addressing their concerns and expectations, Mr Jaitley explained to them the policies on which the government was working and assured them that it was committed to the welfare of labour.
Underlining the importance of role of trade unions, he assured them that all labour laws reforms will be done with due discussions and tripartite consultations.
"In view of the discussions held in conducive and cordial atmosphere, the IMC appealed to Trade Unions to reconsider the proposed call for strike on 2nd September, 2015.The Trade Unions  have agreed to consider the appeal," the release said.
According to the release, in view of the suggestions given by Central Trade Unions in the meetings held on 19th July, 26th August and 27th August, the Government assured them the following:
1.       Appropriate legislation for making formula based minimum wages mandatory and applicable to all employees across the country.
2.       For the purposes of bonus, the wage eligibility limit and calculation ceiling would be appropriately revised. Earlier in 2006-07 the calculation ceiling was decided at Rs. 3500 and eligibility limit was wage of Rs. 10,000 per month which is proposed to be revised to Rs. 7,000 and Rs. 21,000, respectively.
3.       The Government is expanding the coverage of social security and working out ways to include construction workers, Aanganwari workers, ASHA workers  and Mid-Day Meal workers..
4.       Regarding contract workers, the Government assured that they will be guaranteed minimum wages.  Moreover, the Government is working out ways so that workers of industries will get sector-specific minimum wages.
5.       Government has already enhanced minimum pension for EPFO members and every pensioner gets minimum pension of Rs.1000 per month perpetually.
6.       Labour laws reforms will be based on tripartite consultations as already stated by the Prime Minister.  The States are also being advised to follow the tripartite process.
7.       For strict adherence to labour law enforcement, advisory has been issued to the State/UT Governments and strict monitoring has been initiated by Central Government.
8.       For employment generation, Mudra Yojana, Make in India, Skill India and National Career Service Portal initiatives have been taken.
9.       Abolition of interviews for all primary jobs which do not require any special knowledge/expertise, is being done for transparency and expediting the process of recruitment.
10.   Inflation is lowest in the last many years excepting two items, onion and pulses. Government is taking necessary steps to contain the higher prices of these two commodities also.
It was further clarified that there is no ban on filling up of vacancies in Government jobs and all concerned Departments are taking necessary action to fill up these vacancies. It was further assured that the Government is committed to job security, wages security and social security to the workers. The issue of equal wages for equal work for contract workers is an issue requiring wider consultations and a committee will be constituted, if required, the release added.