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BMS opposes clause in Contract Labour Act

Statesman News Service | New Delhi |

Sangh Parivar-affiliate Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) on Monday opposed omitting ‘prohibition of jobs with permanent nature’ from the Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Act, 1970 and replacing it with core-non core distinction, as it will take away job security of workers.

BMS general secretary Virjesh Upadhyay said the present law prohibits contractualisation of perennial jobs even in the same establishment or in similar establishment (or agency) related to it.

It is the perennial or permanent nature which distinguishes contract labour from other jobs, as per Section10 (2)(b) of the Act. Core and non-core distinction cannot be a substitute for the “perennial” distinction in nature of work, he said.

Contract labour should be prohibited in all types of perennial jobs whether core or non-core jobs, the BMS leader said.

“Job security and permanency are required for peaceful human life even though it may not be feasible if profit of industry alone is taken as the criteria in industrial relations,” he said.

The government should call a meeting of all stakeholders to probe the real reasons for industrial failure, since there was a growing tendency to attribute it to labour laws, Upadhyay said. The trend of making all jobs temporary will be opposed by BMS tooth and nail, he said.