In the last meeting of the NCC-USW held at
ISI on 6th August 2003, we discussed the strategy
we should adopt in case The Unorganized Sector
Workers Bill - 2003 was placed in the monsoon
session of Parliament.
The 6th August meeting was presided over by
Shri Surendra Mohan, Central Trade Union leaders
like Shri P.K. Ganguli - CITU, Shri S.N. Thakur
- AITUC, and Shri R.A. Mittal - HMS participated.
Besides these, there were over 20 participants
form FORCES, Mobile Crèches, Nirman Mazdoor
Panchyat Sangam (and other organizations from
Delhi) and, Geetha R.-NMPS, Tamil Nadu, Bikas
Das - Orissa FORCES and Com. A.K. Roy- former
M.P.- Dhanbad Kamgar Union.
Shri T. S. Sankaran, former Additional Secretary
of Ministry of Labour, briefed the meeting about
the background of the Unorganized Sector Bill
- 2003. He explained the historic background
to this Bill, viz., the recommendations of the
2nd National Labour Commission, the Bill prepared
by the Study Group on Umbrella Legislation for
the Workers in the Unorganized Sector, Protection
of Right of Workers in the Unorganized Sector
- 2001, the National Seminar on Unorganized
Sector Labour, Social Protection, Skill Development
and Legislation organized by Ministry of Labour
in November 2002, the recommendations of the
Technical Group set up by this Seminar etc.
and the different versions of the 2003 Bill
The August 6th meeting also discussed the various
amendments to the draft Bill proposed by Central
Trade Unions and SEWA.
Com P. K. Ganguli of CITU, Com. S. N. Thakur
of AITUC, Com. R. A. Mittal of HMS, Com. Geetha
- Joint Action Committee of Unorganized Sector
- Tamil Nadu, Shri Surender Moham and Com. A.
K. Roy clearly felt that as the main recommendations
and suggestions were not incorporated in the
2003 Bill, we should jointly resist it and arrive
at a larger consensus of the various people
working with the unorganized sector around the
real requirements of the unorganized sector
workers. Shri T. S. Sankaran was requested to
draft a working paper on the basis of the comments
and suggestions expressed by the participants
on the Unorganized Sector Bill - 2003 in the
August 6th meeting.
Most of the people working with the unorganized
sector workers will need to explain the Bill
2003, its implications etc to the workers in
Hindi and other regional languages. After obtaining
the consent of various Central Trade Union leaders
who participated in the 6th August 2003 meeting
and also of others, NCC-USW and Indian Social
Institute decided to organize a seminar on 27th
September 2003 at Indian Social Institute. This
joint effort will continue to provide other
documents in Hindi and if required in other
regional language also. Indian Social Institute
offered its help in getting the 2003 Bill and
the working paper of Shri T. S. Sankaran translated
and presented in Hindi besides organizing the
Delhi level meeting jointly.
This seminar is being fixed on the day following
the National Convention of the Trade Unions
on Right to Strike on the Supreme Court Judgement
in the Tamil Nadu Case (26th September 2003)
so that the participants from the unorganized
sector workers organizations in that convention
can also participate in this Seminar on the
Unorganized Sector Bill - 2003 on 27th September
You can extend this invitation to other organizations
working with unorganized sector workers in your
region. Please remember to send us the full
name and address of other organization and individuals
to whom you are extending this invitation.
We are looking forward for your suggestions
and for new contacts of individuals and organizations
working with the unorganized sector workers.
We also hope that your organization will participate
in the formation of the State Level Committee
of the National Campaign Committee of Unorganized
Sector Workers. We appreciate deeply the support
and cooperation of all the constituents of NCC-CL
and the unions of other Unorganized Sector Workers
and look forward for your support and participation.
Prakash Louis Subhash Bhatnagar
Indian Social Institute Coordinator- NCC-USW