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Labour Bill passed in Gujarat Assembly as Congress walks out

A bill aimed at reforming labour laws, was passed in the Gujarat Assembly on Thursday after Congress MLAs walked out protesting against the bill, claiming it to be “pro-industry” and “anti-labour”.

The BJP-led state government tabled the ‘The Labour Laws (Gujarat Amendment) Bill, 2015’ in the House for its approval. The Bill aims to amend certain provisions in labour laws applicable in Gujarat, including the Industrial Disputes Act 1947, Minimum Wages Act 1948, Factories Act, Contract Labour Act and Employees’ Compensation Act, among others. One amendment in the bill proposes to introduce a “compromise” formula between industry and labour in case of any dispute.

While presenting the bill in the House, State Labour and Employment Minister Vijay Rupani stated that Gujarat would become the first state to introduce the provision where both parties could end their dispute through a compromise, called “compounding of offences”.

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