Chennai, April 24 (BPNS)
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, M.K. Stalin on Monday announced that the implementation of the Factories (Tamil Nadu amendment) Act 2023 would be put on hold.
The announcement of the Chief Minister came immediately after the government held talks with the trade unions that opposed the bill.
It may be noted that a joint committee of all trade unions comprising of CITU, AITUC, INTUC and even the DMK affiliated LPF has on Monday opposed the Factories (Tamil Nadu amendment) Act 2023 which provides for increasing duty hours beyond eight hour shifts in factories.
The AIADMK affiliated trade union, Anna Thozhirsanga Sanga Peravai also opposed the amendment.
The trade union leaders had lashed out against the Factories amendment bill in a meeting attended by the Tamil Nadu Public Works Department (PWD) minister, E.V. Velu, Micro, Small and Medium industries minister, T.N. Anbarasan and Labour welfare minister, C.V.Ganesan at the state secretariat.
CITU leader, A. Soundararajan lashed out at the amendment bill and said, “ It is highly regrettable. We never expected this from the DMK government”.
Sounderrajan also said that the ministers had promised to convey the views of the trade unions to the Chief Minister, M.K. Stalin.
He said that when the G-20 countries were reducing the working time to seven hours a day and 35 hours a week, Tamil Nadu has come out with a bill that had not specified the time.
The CITU leader said, “It does not say that it will be increased to 12 hours. It could be increased to 15 hours or more. Increasing the working hours will not only affect the workers but also the quality of the production and work.”
He also said that the explanations given by the government were not acceptable.
The decision of the Chief Minister to withhold the amendments in Factories Act is seen as the government accepting the views of the trade unions.