Labour Ministry Clarifies On Four Labour Codes’ ILO Compliance

The labour ministry, on Tuesday, clarified that the International Labour Organisation has not commented on India’s lack of compliance while finalising the four labour codes.

“The ILO has not commented about India’s lack of compliance with ILO Convention – 144 on tripartite consultations in implementing the four Labour Codes,” labour minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar said in response to a question in Rajya Sabha.

According to the minister, India being a founding member of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) has deep respect for its principles and objectives and has always upheld the basic tenets of tripartism.

“The government has done extensive consultations inviting all central trade unions, employers’ associations and state governments,” the minister said.

The minister further said that all the four labour codes, at draft stage, were placed on the website of the ministry, for stakeholders’ consultations including the general public. “Further all the Codes were referred to the parliamentary standing committee on labour and the Committee has given its report which was taken into account before getting passed by the Parliament,” he said.

The four Codes include the Code on Wages, 2019, the Industrial Relations Code, 2020, the Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code, 2020 and the Code on Social Security, 2020. All the four Codes have been passed by the Parliament and notified. However, the Rules for the Codes are yet to be notified following which the Codes will come into force.

Talking about the retrenchment of workers during the pandemic, minister Gangwar said the employment conditions including retrenchment of the workmen are dealt by the appropriate government i.e. central and state governments in their respective jurisdictions.

“The ministry of labour & employment had issued advisory to the states/UTs and the employers’ associations on March 20, 2020 asking them to extend their cooperation by not terminating their employees, particularly casual and contractual workers from job or reduce their wages,” the minister said.

“For those establishments wherein the appropriate government is the central government, the matters pertaining to employment conditions including retrenchment is dealt by the central industrial relations machinery (CIRM) under this ministry,” he added.

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