JAMMU: Chief Justice of India, Justice T S Thakur today called for inculcating consciousness in the society towards the dignity and the rights of labour class.
In the Indian culture the worker is traditionally regarded as Vishwakarma. The country cannot be happy, if the worker is unhappy, Justice T S Thakur said while addressing the inaugural session of 2-day workshop on Workers in Unorganized Sector – Their Aspirations, Challenges and Way Forward. The state-level workshop is being jointly organized by Jammu and Kashmir State Legal Services Authority and J&K Labour Department under the aegis of National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) at General Zorawar Singh Auditorium of Jammu University here.
Emphasizing that laws alone cant bring about the desired change, the Chief Justice said the combined and concerted efforts of the judiciary, labour unions, industrialists and the Government, will bring about the results which are not only in the interest of the labour class but the countrys economy as well. He said successful initiatives in this regard taken by various Governments are worth emulating.
The Chief Justice, who is also the Patron-in-Chief of NALSA, called for giving importance to innovative schemes for workers especially in the unorganized sector. He said Labour Unions too should join in the effort to nurture innovation. He said there is a thin line that separates the good of the industry and the good of the industrialist. Similarly, he added, there is a thin line that separates the good of the worker and the good of the labour union; the good of the nation and the good of the government.
The Chief Justice said NALSA has formulated six legal service schemes for the enforcement of the welfare measures launched by the Centre and state governments for the benefit of unorganized workers.
The Chief Justice said that unorganized sector covers most of the rural labour and a substantial part of urban labour. In this sector wage-paid labour is largely non-unionized due to casual and seasonal nature of employment and scattered location of enterprises, he said and added this sector is marked by low income, unstable and irregular employment, and lack of protection either from legislation or trade unions.
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