UTTAR PRADESH BRINGS ORDINANCE TO SUSPEND MOST LABOUR LAWS FOR 3 YEARS

Uttar Pradesh has suspended labour laws for the next 3 years, in a move that the state government says is aimed at boosting industrial investment as well employing the large number of migrant workers that have come back to their native villages in the state.

Since the Covid-19 pandemic has slowed industrial activity in the state, the state needs to take steps to bring the economy back on track, Accordingly the government has passed an ordinance to this effect that will apply to all factories and manufacturing facilities as well as fresh investments coming into the state.

The ordinance however will not apply to certain laws like the Bonded Labour Act, Building and other Construction Workers Act, Section 5 of Payment of Wages Act and Workmen Compensation Act. Labour laws  related to children and women will also not be affected.

The state has received close to 7 lakh migrant workers from across the country and many more lakhs are expected to arrive in the coming days.