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Mixed response to State Govt move on labour reforms

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, May 9 - The decision of the State government to effect labour reforms in the State has been met with mixed reactions.

Opposing the decisions taken by the State government regarding labour reforms, the Trade Unions and Employees Federations, Assam will stage a Statewide protest on May 11.

All trade union and labour bodies including CITU, INTUC, AITUC, AICCTU, HMS, AIUTUC, UTUC, etc., will take part in the protest by following all lockdown-related norms.

The State government has decided to introduce fixed-term employment, increase the duty time from eight to 12 hours during the COVID-19 period, increase the minimum number of workers for implementation of the Contract Labour Act and also increase the minimum number of workers for implementation of the Factories Act.

On the other hand, FICCI Assam State Council has welcomed the decisions pertaining to labour reforms taken by the State Cabinet on Friday.

Ashish Phookan, chairman FICCI Assam said it was a very timely step to help the local industry in these difficult times and to position Assam as a favourable investment destination. �We had requested the government to increase shift timings from eight hours to 12 hours,� he added.

Phookan further said that introduction of fixed-term employment, increase in minimum number of workers from 10 to 20 for applicability of the Factories Act and from 20 to 50 for application of the Contract Labour Act are all welcome decisions.

�At the same time, we would also like to urge the government to evaluate Assam�s competitiveness vis-a-vis other states and bring about more reforms if necessary,� he said.

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