A meeting of the Industrial Tripartite Committee on Engineering Industry was held on 22nd June 2010 at New Delhi under the chairmanship of Shri Harish Rawat, Union Minister of State for Labour & Employment. The representatives from workers oraganisations (BMS, CITU, INTUC, AITUC, AIUTUC and HMS), Employers’ federations (Council of Indian Employers, All India Manufacturers Organisation, Confederation of Indian Industry, Laghu Udyog Bharati, Federation of Association of Small Industries, Federation of Engineering Industry of India) of the Engineering sector as well as representatives of State Governments of West Bengal, Maharashtra, Bihar, Karnataka, Punjab and Haryana participated in this meeting.
The Committee discussed the issues relating to rationalization of wages and increasing contractualization in engineering industry, ensuring adequate provision for Health & Safety, strict implementation of Labour Laws as also issue relating to reservation policy in Micro & Small Enterprise Sector.
The Minister underlined the need for a progressive management and responsible labour behaviour for harmonious industrial relations and the role of tripartite bodies in this regard. A number of suggestions from the participants regarding wage board for workers in the engineering sector, equal pay for equal work to workers employed on contract and strict implementation of safety and health standards were made in this meeting. The Minister thanked the participants for their suggestions and stressed the need for a constructive cooperation from all stake holders – workers, employers as well as State Governments- so that legitimate concerns of the workers as well as the industry are taken care of.