ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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LABOUR-New Industrial Relations Legislation

April 1, 1978 LABOUR New Industrial Relations Legislation JUDGING by the note circulated by the Union Labour Ministry purporting to be the approach to its long-awaited new industrial relations legislation proposals, the expectation that there will be less governmental intervention and greater reliance on bipartite processes in regulation of labour-management relations in future, is going to be belied. Predictably, the 30-member committee set up by the Labour Minister with himself as chairman, produced little by way of concensus even among the different labour organisations, much less among labour, management and government, on any of the major issues- volved. The so-called report adopted by that committee in the latter part of September last year merely listed the divergent views expressed by the various participants. Most of these views followed the known positions long held by various organisations of workers on the one hand, the employers on the other and the state governments. The Labour Minister's own idea of a juridical bargaining agent, in the form of a body directly elected by all the workers in a given. field, seemed to have little support in the 30-member committee.

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