Govt-TUs talks over labour reforms fail

Attempts by the new Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya to reach out to the trade unions over the proposed labour reforms failed to find favour, with the unions preferring to continue their protest rather than negotiating with the government on the thorny issue.

Dattatreya on Wednesday met central trade unions to search for common grounds and to assure them that contentious issues will be sorted out through consultations.

However, the trade unions submitted a ten-point demand to the minister including universalisation of the Public Distribution System (PDS), a freeze over disinvestment of PSU stakes, halting contractization of permanent work, increase in minimum pension to Rs 3000 a month and minimum wage of Rs 15,000  with provisions of indexation and compulsory registration of trade unions within 45 days.

They also revealed their intention to hold a nationwide protest on December 5 against the reforms. “I have assured trade unions that issues will be sorted out through consultations. I told them that the country has given mandate to the BJP and people’s expectation is much more. The party is committed to labour reforms, but not at the cost of the workers,” Dattatreya told reporters after the meeting.

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