Bhubaneswar, April 24 (Local Wire): The Standing Parliamentary Committee of Labour headed by Cuttack MP Bhartruhari Mahtab has now recommended an array of ways to reform labour laws to streamline the conditions of working of industrial workers.
The panel was entrusted with the task of scrutinizing the Industrial Relations Code 2019 and had a total of 30 members from both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.
In the report, the committee has suggested more precise definitions of layoffs and strikes, batted for not burdening the industries for mandatory payment of wages to the laid off employees during natural disaster besides ensuring better institutionalized dispute redressal.
It also batted for inclusion of more women in the industrial dispute fora including employers and employee.
The report said, “The Committee recommend that with more women joining the workforce, dispute resolution fora should have equal representation of women to further amicable solutions,”
The panel recommended extending the benefits of gratuity after the completion of one year of service itself rather than five years.
The report said, “The Committee concur with the benefits intended to be accorded to the Fixed Term Employees.
They, however, desire that the time limit of five years as provided for in the Gratuity Act for payment of gratuity be reduced to one year in favour of the fixed term employees,”