The CPM today criticised the labour welfare schemes, Shramev Jayate, launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday, saying these mean nothing much to the working class but are in the interest of investors.
In the name of Shramev Jayate, the Modi government is acting in the interests of investors and not workers, the CPM Politburo said in a statement in New Delhi.
The CPM also condemned that changes in labour laws and other moves, which affect workers, were being implemented without even having discussions with trade unions.
The Politburo fully supported the protests by the Central trade unions and national federations of employees against the anti-worker amendments in labour laws.
It said the Universal Account Number (UAN) for Employees Provident Fund subscribers facilitating portability in case of change in employment was being worked out for the last few years and the present government had only signalled its implementation.
The main aspect of the day’s programme was, what is billed as end to ‘Inspection Raj’, it said adding that this scheme involved e-filing of returns from employers and putting an end to inspection process of factories and establishments.
It was well-known that despite inspections, many labour laws and social security schemes like EPF and ESI were not being implemented for large chunk of workers.
The new norms would only worsen the situation and encourage further violations by employers.
All these initiatives from the government are, as they themselves have made clear, to ease the investment climate in the country, the statement added.
It said the pronouncements on Shramev Jayate had to be seen linked with the labour law amendments already moved by centre and by state governments in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.
Some more proposals had been announced by the Centre which would amend the definition of small industries by removing all establishments with 40 workers out of the purview of 14 very important labour laws, it said.
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