New Delhi: The Lok Sabha on Monday took up three Bills on the labour code, which were moved by Union Labour and Employment Minister Santosh Gangwar, amid boycott of House proceedings by several Opposition parties, including the Congress, in protest against the suspension of eight Rajya Sabha members.
“The labour reforms that are being undertaken by the government will prove to be a milestone for the welfare of workers, Gangwar said.
While moving the Bills for consideration and passage, the minister claimed the government had come out with the changes in the legislations after “extensive consultations” with state governments and other stakeholders.
He said about three-fourth of the recommendations of the standing committee, which scrutinised the codes, have been incorporated in the Bills by the government.
On Saturday, Gangwar had introduced the Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code, 2020, the Industrial Relations Code, 2020, and the Code on Social Security, 2020.
Over 29 labour laws have been merged into four codes and one (Code on Wages Bill, 2019) of them has already been passed, according to the minister.
The Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code, 2020, will consolidate and amend the laws regulating the occupational safety, health and working conditions of persons employed in an establishment and related matters.
The Industrial Relations Code, 2020, seeks to consolidate and amend the laws relating to trade unions, conditions of employment in industrial establishments or undertaking, investigation and settlement of industrial disputes.
The Code on Social Security, 2020, will amend and consolidate laws relating to social security with the goal to extend social security to all employees and workers either in the organised sector or the unorganised sector.
Gangwar claimed efforts have been made to work out a balance between welfare of workers and ‘ease of doing business’ for the industry.
However, the debate saw the absence of all Opposition parties.
Congress leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said all Opposition parties are boycotting Parliament in solidarity with the Rajya Sabha members who were suspended on Monday.
"You have compelled us to do so," he said.
Opposition parties, including Congress, Trinamool Congress, Bahujan Samaj Party, Telangana Rashtra Samithi walked out of the Lok Sabha.