labour Unions protest proposed amendments
Textile Hosiery Kamgar Union and Karakhana Mazdoor Union held protests against central government's proposed amendments to labour laws at the mini secretariat on Thursday.punjab Updated: Nov 21, 2014 00:02 IST
Textile Hosiery Kamgar Union and Karakhana Mazdoor Union held protests against central government's proposed amendments to labour laws at the mini secretariat on Thursday.
Calling the Centre's policy "anti-worker", protesters said that the new policy would only lead to exploitation of the labour force. A memorandum marked to the central government was submitted to the deputy commissioner.
"The country's labour laws are already very weak and are not implemented effectively. Capitalists found even the current labour laws came in their way of working and exploiting the labour force, due to which the laws are being amended," said union president Rajwinder, addressing the rally.
Karkhana Mazdoor Union president Lakhwinder president, who also spoke on the occasion, said that with this amendment, government officials would inspect only select factories while others will slip through the net, which would only lead to more exploitation.
"Earlier 10% or 100 labourers in any factory could come together to form a union but the proposed change requires 30%. Implementation of these changes would, in effect, give factory would mean an unchecked exploitation of the labour force," he said. Recession, already causing havoc on capitalist systems in the world, may worsen, which will add to the labour force's burden.
"There is already a great labour unrest against anti-labour policies of various governments across the world," said Lakhwinder. Kulwinder from Naujwan Bharat Sabha and Harjinder, president of Moulder and Steel workers' Union, also addressed workers.