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Industrial Relations Code Bill, 2019 introduced in Lok Sabha

The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Labour and Employment, Mr Santosh Kumar Gangwar, last week introduced the Industrial Relations Code Bill, 2019 in the Lok Sabha. While introducing the Bill, he said the Code has been prepared after wide consultations with trade union representatives, employers’ organisations and state governments.

The Bill aims to consolidate and amend the laws relating to trade unions, conditions of employment in industrial establishments or undertakings, and investigation and settlement of industrial disputes.

The draft code on industrial relations has been prepared after amalgamating, simplifying and rationalising the relevant provisions of the following three Central Labour Acts, viz., the Trade Unions Act, 1926, the Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Act, 1946 and the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947.

The Union Cabinet had approved the Industrial Relations Code, 2019 on November 20, said a release.


Setting up of a two-member tribunal (in place of one member), thereby introducing the concept that some of the important cases will be adjudicated jointly and the rest by a single member for speedier disposal of cases.

To impart flexibility to the exit provisions (relating to retrenchment, etc.), for which the threshold for prior approval of appropriate government has been kept unchanged at 100 employees, but added a provision for changing ‘such number of employees’ through notification.

The re-skilling fund is to be utilised for crediting to workers in the manner to be prescribed.

Definition of fixed term employment and that it would not lead to any notice period and payment of compensation on retrenchment excluded.

Vesting of powers with government officers for adjudication of disputes involving penalty as fines, thereby lessening the burden on tribunal.


Source : Exim News Service - New Delhi, Dec. 1


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