BMS urges labour ministry to scrap 12 hour work, not cap allowances at 50%

The Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh has urged the labour ministry to scrap the proposed 12 hour spread over work while including all allowances as part of the salary and not capping it at 50%. Besides, the RSS-affiliate trade unions suggested the government remove the upper limit and threshold of the bonus in the tripartite meeting with the ministry on the draft rules of the Codes on Thursday.

In the consultation meeting held by the ministry of labour on labour code rules, BMS demanded scraping of spread over to 12 hours as the majority of the countries in the world do not have provisions for spread over,” it said in a statement after the meeting. “Only overtime with double wages should be provided,” it has proposed.

Further, BMS has suggested a family should consist of 6 units for the purpose of calculating minimum wages instead of 3.6 proposed by the last committee on minimum wages

Division of metro, non-metro and rural rates of wages will promote regional inequality leading to migration of workers to metros for higher wages, BMS said in its representation suggesting national minimum wage should be implemented in India.

“Further, revision of minimum wages should be compulsorily once in five years unlike states like

Delhi and Maharashtra which revised wages after nearly 20 years,”it said.

BMS also expressed its opposition to certain provisions of the Industrial Relations Code including limiting the negotiating power of trade unions and limitations on resorting to strike.

The next round of tripartite consultations will be held on January 12. The government plans to finalise the rules for all the Codes in January and aims to implement the four codes from April 1, 2021.

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