A two-day meeting of Labour Ministers and Labour Secretaries of States and Union Territories, scheduled in Tirupati for August 25 and 26, will discuss the framing of rules under the four Labour Codes. The Union Labour Ministry’s effort is to evolve a consensus so they could be implemented “as soon as possible”.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the event. Union Labour Minister Bhupender Yadav has been meeting representatives of trade unions and employers’ organisations to iron out the differences on the codes so that it can be implemented at the earliest.
The meeting will also discuss modalities for implementation of the codes, along with development of portals for licensing, registration, returns, inspections and so on. A Ministry source said that most of the States and Union Territories had prepared draft rules on the Code on Wages and on the Code on Social Security.
Yet to finalise
However, on the Industrial Relations Code and the Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code, a large number of States are yet to finalise the codes. “The code is voluminous and it is one reason why there is delay in bringing out draft Rules,” the official said.
In a primary meeting on the issue, the Central Trade Unions (CTU) in the Opposition camp such as the INTUC, HMS, AITUC and CITU had opposed the codes. They warned the Centre that they will resort to protest actions if the government moves ahead with the implementation of the codes.