NEW DELHI,BHAVNA VIJ AURORA(ET): The RSS-affiliated Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh has joined hands with Congress' Intuc to place hurdles in the government's bid to introduce a new labour law, which would merge three existing laws, in the monsoon session of Parliament.

The bill has the potential to snowball into another land bill-like controversy after BMS alleged that the Industrial Disputes Code Bill was “pro-corporate”.
The bill has the potential to snowball into another land bill-like controversy after BMS alleged that the Industrial Disputes Code Bill was “pro-corporate”.

The bill has the potential to snowball into another land bill-like controversy after BMS alleged that the Industrial Disputes Code Bill was "pro-corporate" and would not protect interests of employees.

Following TUs' opposition, Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya has agreed to form a tripartite committee to review the draft code on industrial relations before introducing the bill. The decision to form a committee was taken following a meeting of the minister with trade union leaders including BMS president BN Rai and Intuc chief Sanjeeva Reddy on May 6.

Following TUs' opposition, Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya has agreed to form a tripartite committee to review the draft code on industrial relations before introducing the bill. The decision to form a committee was taken following a meeting of the minister with trade union leaders including BMS president BN Rai and Intuc chief Sanjeeva Reddy on May 6.

Both Rai and Reddy will be part of the committee, representing employees and trade unions. There will also be representatives of employers and the government. The committee has been asked to submit its report in 15 days but Rai says it is too short to decide on critical issues. The first meeting of the committee is expected on May 11.

Rai told ET that TUs expressed concerns to the minister and he agreed to do a re-think on some harsh provisions by referring the draft to the committee. " "The proposed industrial relations law is heavily loaded in favour of the employer and corporates. It will allow easier retrenchment and closing down norms for firms with more than 300 workers," he said. As per the draft, the employer would not require the permission of labour ministry to close down a company.

The Swadeshi Jagran Manch, another RSS-backed organisation, is also closely working with BMS to gauge the mood on the ground. SJM convener Arun Ojha said that they wanted to avoid another confrontation with the government. "The land bill has already become farmers versus government.

Why get into another similar situation with the country's huge workforce? The draft law will give the corporates a free hand to hire and fire. There will be no job security. It is not in the interest of the labour at all," Ojha told ET.

The BMS chief said that the proposed law will curtail the democratic right of workers to organise themselves into trade unions.

At present, seven employees can get together to form a trade union. However, as per the draft, employees would not be allowed to form a union unless they had a minimum 100 members and 10% of total workers in the unit. According to Rai, this provision would hit the hitech sector more since they generally work with small teams.

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