India to ratify ILO rules on workers’ bargain, safety, says Kharge
India, a founding member of the ILO and holding a permanent seat at its governing body since 1922, has so far ratified 43 of the 189 conventions.
Though the Trade Union Act facilitates unionisation both in the organised and the unorganised sectors, it is not binding on companies to recognise a registered union and hence there is no legal compulsion of employers to enter into a collective bargaining with workers union.
Ratification of ILO convention will encourage voluntary negotiations in order to regulate terms and conditions of employment through collective agreements.
The convention will help trade unions by ensuring that workers enjoy "adequate protection against acts of anti-union discrimination in respect of their employment."
The ILO convention also ensures protection of workers against any acts by an employer to make the employment of a worker subject to the condition that he shall not join a union or shall relinquish trade union membership, dismissal of or prejudice a worker by reason of union membership or because of participation in union activities.
Workers and employers' unions would be protected against any acts of "interference by each other or each other's agents or members in their establishment, functioning or administration", as per the ILO convention.
"We are also actively engaging in consultation process for ratification of ILO Conventions No 98 concerning
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