Legislation for unorganised labour force on anvil: Rao

New Delhi, April 28 | Updated: Apr 29 2006, 05:30am hrs
The Centre is proposing to bring in an umbrella legislation for the labour force of the unorganised sector, to meet their social security needs and assured the working class that it would not be affected by liberalisation and globalisation.

In his message for May day, labour minister K Chandrasekhar Rao said the government would ensure that the working class too shares the fruits of the economic reforms.

While extending warmest greetings and best wishes to the working class on May day, which falls on May 1, he sought cooperation of all stakeholders in providing labour protection and social security to workers, and in exploring measures to further improve their lot.

Noting that much remains to be done for workers in the unorganised sector, the minister said though some laws have been enacted for them, the requirements of everyone could not be met.

Hence, the government is proposing to bring forward an umbrella legislation for unorganised sector workers, Mr Rao said.

The minister also said the government desired to focus on the welfare, education, skill development and upgrading of workers and make vocational training more relevant in the light of the emerging needs of the economy.

Mr Rao said the UPA government would ensure that the working class was not adversely affected by liberalisation and globalisation and reiterated the Centres belief in the ethos and culture of tripartism.