Stop Exploitation of contract labours in public sector undertakings and other sectors

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Contract labours are exploited with the connivance of contractors and the management of the undertakings for the benefit of both. Following is the methods of exploitation –

1.     As per the provisions of the Contract Labour regulation and abolition act contract labours are to be engaged only in the jobs of non perennial nature. However, in order to reduce cost and earn more profit contract labours are being engaged openly in the operation and maintenance jobs which are of continuous nature.  Appropriate Governments are not monitoring this aspect at all.

2.     Being deployed in jobs of operation and maintenance they are only paid minimum wages of state government / Central Government.  In Bhilai Steel Plant (SAIL) located in Chhattisgarh, the skilled contract labour gets a wages of rs 410/ day, where as regular employees doing the same job are being paid wages of Rs 1500 to 2500/ day.

3.     Contract labours are paid wages for maximum 26 days ( They are not paid wages for weekly holiday. Regular employees are entitled for 30 days wages (including weekly holiday).

4.     With the connivance of contractors and the management of the undertakings though Contract Labours works for 26 days and overtime also but their attendance is manipulated and they are given attendance of 15-17 days in a month. By doing this contractor saves on statutory contributions towards CPF, ESIC and EDLI which is about 30% of wages. As a result less amount of CPF is deposited in labours account and he gets lesser benefits from CPF, EDLI and ESIC in case of death or accident.

5.     There is no job security to contract labours. If they demand for full attendance / CPF contribution / wages , their gate pass is snatched and they are not taken on duty.

To stop the exploitation explained above it is requested that –

1.     Biometrics based attendance system should be made compulsory for contract labours. Attendance should be hosted in a national server not under the control of Contractor and undertaking to avoid manipulation.

2.     Contract labours engaged in regular operation and maintenance jobs of perennial nature should be paid wages equal to   wages of    lowest category of regular employees.

3.     Contract labours should be paid wages for weekly holiday also.

4.     Suitable provisions should be made in the law to provide some amount of job security to contract labours.



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