RSS affiliated trade union Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh will be participating along with other trade unions to protest against Fixed-term Employment provision in all sectors of industry.
The General Secretary of BMS, Virjesh Upadhyay told media,”Government has introduced this policy without consulting workers’ unions, without any talks or consultations at all. Such a policy can only be passed through a tripartite agreement between factory owners, unions, and government. So we have decided to go on mass, nationwide protests from Friday.”
Labour ministry had in January rolled out a notification to allow fixed-term contract in all sectors as part of the Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Central (Amendment) Rules, 2018. The move enables companies to hire workers for short-term assignments and terminate their services when projects are completed. Once notified by the Centre, states can amend their rules accordingly.
According to government’s claim, it is an effective step towards ease of doing business. However, the trade unions are stating this step as an autocratic right to companies that would create an atmosphere of continuous fear of losing the job as the company is allowed to fire the employee as per its needs.