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XLRI to organise seminar on Labour Rights in India

Jamshedpur : XLRI – Xavier School of Management in collaboration with International Labour Organization – Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ACTRAV) is organising a seminar on “Labour Law and Governance Reforms and Labour Rights in India in the Era of Globalization” on September 29.

The seminar aims to serve as a platform for the union leaders and the members of the academia to debate and deliberate upon initiatives that unions could undertake to ensure respect for and the protection of labour and trade union rights. The participants will discuss and consider whether proposed flexibility measures of labour market is the right policy for economic development. Also, this seminar is a follow-up on the conclusions and recommendations arrived at the National Consultative Conference with Trade Unions in India during the visit of Maria Helena Andre, Director, ACTRAV on 10 July 2014.

“The issue of labour rights in the era of globalization has become a huge area of concern in the current context. The seminar would provide important stakeholders an opportunity to discuss and deliberate upon the factors that are impacting the industrial relations environment,” said Fr. E Abraham, S. J. Director of XLRI.

Prof. K. R. Shyam Sundar, Professor, HRM Area, XLRI and the convener of the event commented, “The seminar on labour law reforms and labour rights is a timely event as some state governments and the central government have either passed or proposed a few critical labour law reform measures which will have significant implications for both employers and the workers. The seminar will bring out diverse perspectives on not only the topical theme of labour law reforms but the basic issues concerning labour rights”.

“ILO being a unique tripartite-ly structured United Nations Body and a universally recognized competent and legitimate global organization to deal with labour standards and regulations is keeping a close track on the developments concerning the labour law reform proposals in India.

The involvement of ILO’s Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ACTRAV) is truly significant. It also heralds a possibility of a long-term productive interface between the ILO and XLRI, which would be mutually beneficial and reinforcing. Most importantly, the seminar affords a valuable opportunity for future business leaders in XLRI to be sensitized on crucial contemporary workplace-centric issues as well as important matters concerning labour rights. ,” Prof. Shyam Sundar added.

The seminar will be attended by representatives from ILO, academics and lawyers on labour and industrial relations, like – Mr. Raghwan, Desk officer, ILO ACTRAV, Bureau of Workers’ Activities, Bangkok; Ms. Christine Nathan, former ILO ACTRAV Regional Specialist in Workers Activities; Prof. Dev Nathan, Visiting Professor, Institute of Human Development, New Delhi, The Duke’s University, USA; Prof. Praveen Jha, Professor, Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Chairperson, Centre for Informal Sector and Labour Studies to name a few. Central trade union leaders from the INTUC (Indian National Trade Union Congress), BMS (Bhartaya Majdoor Sangh), CITU, HMS and AITUC are also expected participate in the programme.

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