The government proposes that employees below 300 employees will not be allowed to fire without a fire.

The government proposes that employees below 300 employees will not be allowed to fire without a fire.

New Delhi: Companies with no less than 300 employees will soon be allowed to hire and fire workers without prior government permission, with the Labor Ministry proposing a change of rules in a bill introduced in the Lok Sabha on Saturday is.
The proposal, which was the bone of contention between the ministry and trade unions, is part of the Industrial Relations Code Bill 2020.
Currently, only industrial establishments with less than 100 employees are allowed to hire and fire their workers without the permission of the government.
The bill was introduced by Labor Minister Santosh Gangwar amid opposition from Congress and some other parties.
The Industrial Relations Code Bill 2019 was introduced in the Lok Sabha last year and was later referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee. The bill was withdrawn on Saturday.
A pre-draft bill circulated for discussion by the Ministry of Labor also proposed criteria that companies with fewer than 300 employees could hire and fire without government permission. However, this provision faced stiff opposition from trade unions and was not included in the 2019 bill.
Earlier this year, the parliamentary committee made a case for allowing companies with fewer than 300 employees to go for layoffs or shut down without government permission.
States such as Rajasthan have already raised the limit to 300 workers, according to which the Ministry of Labor has increased employment and reduced layoffs, the committee reported in its report.
Regarding the threshold, the government has proposed section 77 (1) in The Industrial Relations Code 2020.
According to the section, “The provision of this chapter (lay-offs, layoffs and closures in fixed establishments) shall apply to an industrial establishment (not having the establishment of a seasonal character or in which work is done intermittently)” Less than three hundred workers, or a greater number of workers to be notified by the appropriate government, were employed on average per day in the preceding twelve months ”.
In addition to this code, two others — the Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code, 2020 and Code on Social Security, 2020 — were also introduced by the Minister in the Lok Sabha.
Among others, Congress leaders- Manish Tiwari and Shashi Tharoor – opposed the introduction of the three bills.
Tiwari said that these three bills are fundamentally altered versions of their earlier forms and the minister urged them to withdraw and undergo extensive deliberations before withdrawing them.
He said that this bill is a blow to the rights of workers.
With regard to the Industrial Relations Code, Tharoor stated that it severely restricts the right of employees to strike and allows state or central governments to amend the limits for retrenchment and retrenchment related applicability.
In the Lok Sabha, Gangwar said that over 29 labor laws have been merged into four codes and one of them has already been passed.
The Code on Wages Bill, 2019 was passed by the Parliament last year.
Gangwar said that the government is engaged in extensive deliberations on these bills with various stakeholders and more than 6,000 comments on the bills have been received online.
These bills were subsequently referred to a standing committee and 174 of its 233 recommendations have been accepted, the minister said.

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