India to ratify ILO rules on workers’ bargain, safety, says Kharge
The government has been undertaking various pro-active measures to improve the working conditions of our workforce, which are in line with norms and standards set by ILO, he said. Recently, the Union Cabinet has already given approval to the proposed amendment to the Child Labour (Prohibition & Regulation) Act, 1986.
"The amendment will make the Child Labour Act to align with ILO Convention No.138 concerning Minimum Age and No.182 concerning Worst Forms of Labour," Kharge said.
While claiming that government has been upgrading labour laws to safeguard welfare of workers, Kharge said states are yet to implement all the laws pertaining to some segments like construction sector which employs over 4.46 crore workers. Considering that labour engaged in construction activity is basically unskilled, migrant, socially backward and uneducated with low bargaining power, and their work is of temporary nature and involves inherent risk to life, Kharge said the government enacted two legislation Building and Other Construction Workers Act and the Building and other Construction Workers Welfare Cess Act. During the last five years, most states have moved forward in implementing the acts. "However, I must confess that in the context of the implementation of the Acts, a lot needs to be done by the states," the minister said.
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