BMS strongly objected to the exclusion of contract labour from the purview of Labour Codes up to 50 workers and said Codes should provide for their protection. BMS representatives raised the issue in the consultation meeting held by Labour minister today with all the central trade unions. BMS demanded that Code should provide that contractors
should comply ESI and EPF strictly. Employer’s liability to pay wages, EPF, ESI and other benefits should be ensured even when one contract worker is employed. Even in emergency situation, contract labour should not be permitted since they will be engaged for long. Government departments and establishments should not be exempted from the Codes, as they are increasingly engaging contract labour and temporary workers. Similarly fixed term employment should not be allowed to take the place of permanent jobs.
For welfare schemes, simultaneous provisions for financial support should be made in Codes and rules. Facilities in standing orders should continue even below 300 workers since standing orders provides protection and avoids friction in the work place. From the definition of wages various allowances should not be separated, so that employees
will get more benefits under EPF, gratuity, Bonus, retention allowance, subsistence allowance, retrenchment and other compensations. Uniform definition of employee and worker is to be provided in all Codes. Safety
violations should not be compounded at the cost of human life. BMS also raised many other changes in the Labour Codes. BMS representatives included National Vice President Shri S. Mallesham, National Secretary Smt. Nilima Chimote and zonal organising secretary Shri Pawan Kumar. Representatives of all other fourteen trade unions
attended the consultation. Apart from Labour Minister, joint secretary R.K.Gupta also attended the meet.