The central government has introduced three bills related to labour laws—including on industrial relations—in the Lok Sabha, amid opposition from the Congress and few other parties.
On Saturday, Labour Minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar introduced the Occupational Safety, Health And Working Conditions Code, 2020; the Industrial Relations Code, 2020, and the Code On Social Security, 2020. He withdrew the three bills that were introduced last year and introduced the three new ones.
According to the minister, over 29 labour laws have been merged into four codes and that one of them—The Code on Wages Bill, 2019—was passed last year.
Gangwar said that the government is engaged in wider consultations over these bills with various stakeholders and that more than 6,000 comments were received online on the bills. These bills were later sent to a standing committee and 174 of its 233…