All India Trade Union Congress Thursday said the government has proposed an amendment to Trade Union Act with “malafide intentions and to interfere with the independent functioning of trade unions in the country”.
The Cabinet Wednesday approach approved amendment to the Trade Unions Act, 1926 to make provisions over recognition of trade unions.
The present Act provides for only registration of a trade union. Currently, there is no provision for recognition of the union in the Act.
“The government has malafide intentions to meddle with the laid down procedures for recognition of trade unions at the state and central level. Through this amendment, they actually want rights of government in the state and centre is not at all part of the procedure for state and national recognition. To say that they will ensure true representation is actually to promote tout unions.
“It (the bill) is regressive and would take us to British era position. We fought during British rule in India to get the Trade Union Act 1926 and later on, improvements in that. But, this government is camouflaging and actually wanting to promote their tout and pocket unions by dismantling the laid down procedures,” an All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) statement said.
According to the statement, the clause they (government) are amending deals with enterprise-level unions. And trade unions at that level are already using it. Recognition at the state and the central level is not at all part of the procedure for state and national recognition. To say that they will ensure true representation is actually to promote tout unions.
Source: Times of India