New Delhi, 20 October 2013: The Union Government is committed to protect the interests of the workers in the country. The Union Minister of Labour & Employment, Steel and Mines, Narendra Singh Tomar said this while chairing a discussion on Bill for participation of Workers in Management here today. He said that to protect the interests of the workers, proper steps will continue to be taken in future. Tomar said that conducive environment will be created simultaneously for working of industrial establishments to generate more jobs, as the government is committed to increase employment opportunities.
Tomar said that this meeting was convened to build a consensus on finalising the content of the Workers’ participation in Management Bill, 1990. He said, “There had been attempts in the past to formulate schemes for workers’ participation in varying forms but the schemes were mainly to be implemented on a voluntary basis.” He further added that adopting the participation of workers at apex level should remain voluntary for industry and not statutory.
The meeting aimed to get feedback from the management of leading CPSUs and apex Employer’s Organisations like CII, FICCI, CIE, ASSOCHAM and Trade Unions for arriving at a consensus on the issue of workers participation in management at the board/ apex level.
Present on the occasion were Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Gauri Kumar, senior officials of various central ministries, representatives of the CPSUs and central trade unions.