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From 50 Years Ago (24 September 2005)

one or the other of the parties involved in The proposed Bill aims at two things. Firstly, FROM 50 YEARS AGO industrial disputes. Such of those who are not it seeks to amend the Industrial Employment so openly attached to Labour or Capital might (Standing Orders) Act of 1946, with a view find it difficult to take a firm judgment on to conferring certain rights on the workman the various clauses of the Bill. They will which he so far did not have. It seeks, in the either succumb to the better organised lobby second place, to repeal the Industrial Disputes or try conscientiously to hedge the privileges (Appellate Tribunal) Act, 1950 and provide Vol VII, No 39, September 24, 1955 so as to prevent their being misused. All this an alternative machinery for settlement of will result not only in delay, but probably also industrial disputes. Of the two, it will prob- The Industrial in significant changes in the provisions of the ably be the former that will arouse heatedDisputes Bill Bill. For better or for worse, a democracy has debate. For, the suggestions regarding the to make allowance for these. machinery for settling disputes are linked to (Editorial) It is, therefore, too early to visualise the the question of solving the disputes, once they Considering the issues of principle and shape that the Bill will take when it is finally have come up. But the amendments to the practice involved, it will be a miracle if the passed by Parliament. But it is not too early standing orders are concerned with narrowing Industrial Disputes (Amendments and Mis-to discuss whether or not the direction in which down the area of dispute, by clarifying the cellaneous Provisions) Bill, 1955, introduced the Bill wants to take us, and the speed with procedure to be adopted in changing the in the Lok Sabha this week by the Union which it desires us to move are the right ones. conditions of work. Minister for Labour, has a smooth passage. Such discussion is of supreme importance It is, of course, possible that the suggested The Bill aims at setting right, in consonance because no earthly being, however sapient he changes in procedure might in practice prove with the ruling Government

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