The UPA government is firmly committed to ensure the
welfare and well-being of all workers, particularly
those in the unorganized sector who constitute 93% of
our workforce. Social security, health insurance and
other schemes for such workers like weavers, handloom
workers, fishermen and fisherwomen, toddy tappers, leather
workers, plantation labour, beedi workers, etc will
The UPA rejects the idea of automatic hire and fire.
It recognizes that some changes in labour laws may
be required but such changes must fully protect the
interests of workers and families and must take place
after full consultation with trade unions. The UPA
will pursue a dialogue with industry and trade unions
on this issue before coming up with specific proposals.
However, labour laws other than the Industrial Disputes
Act that create an Inspector Raj will be re-examined
and procedures harmonized and streamlined.
The UPA government firmly believes
that labour-management relations in our country must
be marked by consultations, cooperation and consensus,
not confrontation. Tripartite consultations with trade
unions and industry on all proposals concerning them
will be actively pursued. Rights and benefits earned
by workers, including the right to strike according
to law, will not be taken away or curtailed.