Pushing workmen to one corner and depriving their rights is no solutionThe new labour laws amendment, it has been reported, will effectively take away the right of the workers to even go on peaceful strikes. This is totally unjust and against all norms of a democratic society. In one stroke, the Government of India seeks to undo what the workmen had achieved through decades of struggle.
It must be noted that most employers have already milked all the loopholes under the exisitng laws to deprive the organized educated and uneducated labor of any sense of social security. The atrocious NEEM scheme, where not even PF or ESI was payable, was one instance. Today, the latest laws will only bring the workmen back to the streets.
Already, the violent strikes are a thing of the past. Employers can always hire casual or contract labor and get them to work under harsh conditions. Many companies do not even provide the subsidized food, that they are supposed to provide if the number of employees crosses a particular number. Every single loophole has already been exploited and since the workmen do not get high wages, the disastrous effect on the economy is already there for all to see, particularly after 2014. It should be noted that the new laws have provision for what is called "fixed term employment". Something similar had been implemented in Rajasthan by the then BJP Government. Today reports indicate that 43% of all organized labour is on contract in Rajasthan.
Contract labour is no solution to industrial peace. Therre are organizations that have only regular employees for up to 85% and they are too good -- the production and productivity are simply world-class. Enlightened HR practices are the only answer.