RSS-affiliate Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh has slammed labour ministry’s move to extend fixed-term employment to all sectors, saying permanent employment will vanish from the industrial sector and all jobs will be converted into temporary contract works for a fixed period only. The largest trade union has urged government to immediately withdraw the notification.
“By this notification that amends the Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Central Rules, 1946, permanent employment will vanish from the industrial sector and all jobs will be converted into temporary contract works for a fixed period only,” Saji Narayanan CK, president, Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh said on Wednesday.
“Government should immediately withdraw the controversial new notification on “fixed term employment” which extends it to all employments in the country,” he added.
BMS has even raised objections to unilateral termination of contract and the ease of hire and fire under the notification. “Hire and fire will become the legalized rule in the labour sector,” BMS said
According to BMS, government should instead stop increasing contractualisation in permanent jobs in the country, which is a demand of the joint trade unions. “Fixed term is a new system that replaces the middle man viz. contractor in a contract employment,”.
BMS is of the view that finance minister Arun Jaitley violated the ILO convention 144 on trade union consultation which was ratified by the Indian Parliament, when he unilaterally declared that the fixed term employment will be implemented.
“The important amendment has been brought about by an executive order, without the matter being sent to parliament or being subjected to the scrutiny of a Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour. This is a backdoor method of bureaucrats taking up the legislative power enjoyed by the parliament on matters of national importance. The amendment is brought about under pressure from a powerful Industrial lobby,” it said.
Citing studies in Europe , BMS said that fixed term employment has increased unemployment. “This was because employer can easily go for automation or employer can easily close business after a period,” BMS said, adding that “ease of doing business” will become “ease of closing business”.