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

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Depoliticising Collective Bargaining

On April 25 the Rajya Sabha quietly passed the Hospitals and Other Institutions (Redressal of Grievances of Employees) Bill 1988 which had first been proposed in 1982. The government had been forced to withdraw the anti-labour legislation then following widespread opposition. This time, again, less than a month after it was introduced, the government has apparently been having second thoughts, but for quite different reasons. Reportedly, the Delhi University Teachers Association, much agitated by the fact that the bill clubs together academic and non-academic, medical and nonmedical staff, met the labour minister who was persuaded to postpone the introduction of the bill in the Lok Sabha. The government is now reported to be considering the introduction of two separate bills, one for the medical and another for the teaching communities, with differential treatment for non-teaching and non-medical staff.

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