‘Change in labour laws detrimental to workers’

Updated - March 29, 2015 05:58 am IST

Published - March 29, 2015 12:00 am IST - SRIKAKULAM:

Indian Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU) strongly opposed the Centre’s labour policies, alleging that those were detrimental to the workforce in places such as Srikakulam where industrial development was gaining momentum.

In its district conference held at NGO home here on Saturday, the IFTU discussed the recent developments and government polices pertaining to industrial sector.

IFTU general secretary K. Polari, vice-president M. Venkateswarlu accused the Centre of adopting anti-labour policies by amending the laws enacted three decades ago to protect workers from exploitation.

“The current policies have given job security issues a miss. With relaxations in the labour laws, many industries are not keen on implementing PF, gratuity, bonus and other statutory obligations,” said Mr. Polari. CPI (ML) New Democracy leader Tandra Prakash expressed concern over the violation of labour laws in many industries located in Pydibhiamavaram.

The union leaders vowed to fight against amendments to the existing laws and oppose outsourcing and contract labour system in government offices. They urged the workers to participate in the State level conference to be held from April 4 to 6 in Rajahmundry.

With relaxations in labour laws, many industries are not keen on implementing PF, gratuity, bonus and other statutory obligations.

K. Polari,IFTU general secretary

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