BJP Mazdoor Morcha, Sikkim on Thursday visited State Labour department and pointed out various shortcomings in the new Sikkim Labour (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 2021 notified by the State government.
The BJP Mazdoor Morcha delegation led by president Kinley Gyaltshen Bhutia and working president Hari Chettri met joint commissioner T.W. Sherpa and demanded amendment in the new Act in the interest of labourers in the State by incorporating various clauses mentioned in the previous law, informs a press release.
The new Sikkim Labour (RECS) Act, 2021 has omitted a number of provisions including the provision of house rent allowance for workers, annual increments, in-house skill development, and promotion of casual labourers based on company payroll, which were earlier in the Sikkim Labour Protection (Amendment) Rules, 2018, said Mazdoor Morcha.
Likewise, the Mazdoor Morcha has demanded the department to amend the new Sikkim Wages Code, notified on January 27, 2022 stating that the “Principal employer’s liability to pay wages to the workers in case the service providers (Labour Contractor) fails to pay” has been omitted in the new Wages Code.
BJP Majdoor Morcha Demands Assured
Joint commissioner T. W. Sherpa gave a positive assurance to the demands of the Mazdoor Morcha and assured that the provisions beneficial for the labourers would be reincorporated through discussion and amendments, the release mentions.
She also assured that the old provisions would remain in force till the rules and regulations prepared by the State government are officially implemented.
During the meeting, the BJP Mazdoor Morcha also raised the conveyance problems faced by the workers at NHPC Stage-IV.
The employees have to travel a distance of 16 km to reach the office and no conveyance facilities have been provided by the company so far, the Mazdoor Morcha said demanding departmental intervention in this regard.