Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the conference on July 20 and dedicate the National Career Service (NCS) portal to the nation and launch health reforms of the Employees' State Insurance Corporation of India (ESIC) on the occasion.

"The 46th Session of the Indian Labour Conference is being held on July 20-21, 2015 in New Delhi. The Prime Minister will inaugurate the conference... (He will) dedicate National Career Service (NCS) Portal and launch ESIC 2.0 Reform Initiatives," an official release said.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will be the guest of honour.

"We will definitely lodge our protest against certain proposed labour law amendments that will dilute social security of workers and go against their interest during deliberations at ILC," All India Trade Union Congress Secretary D L Sachdev told PTI.

He further said, "Trade unions are determined and unanimous on certain issues raised by them at different fora. We have decided to go on strike on September 2 to express our strong protest. The central trade unions will not change the position taken by them."

During the 47th meeting of the Standing Labour Committee held on July 10, it was decided by the government that there will be detailed deliberations at ILC on labour law amendments proposed or done either by the central or state governments.

The 11 central trade unions together had presented a written request to the government to include labour law reforms in the agenda of the 46th ILC at the committee's meeting chaired by Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya earlier this month.

The other issue which will come in for discussion is amendment of the Bonus Act. That includes demand for removal of conditions on payment ceiling, eligibility limits, decisions to pay minimum bonus without linking it to loss as long as the performance indicator satisfies grant of bonus.

At present, the employees employed on wage or salary of up to Rs 10,000 per month are entitled to a bonus under the Payment of Bonus Act, 1965. It's proposed under an amendment Bill of the Act to increase the cap to Rs 20,000 per month.

Stakeholders, however, want the ceiling removed altogether. According to the agenda, there will also be deliberations on social security for workers, both in organised and unorganised sectors, and job creation.

Also up for review will be implementation of the decisions and recommendations of the 43rd, 44th and 45th
Indian Labour Conferences, particularly on contract labour, minimum wages, scheme workers and the tripartite mechanism.

Modi will also roll out ESIC's health reforms initiative, a comprehensive package meant to transform ESIC public service delivery system through effective use of information and communication technology. The Prime Minister will also dedicate to the nation the National Career Service (NCS) portal. The Labour Ministry is implementing the NCS project by transforming Employment Exchanges into Career Centres.

The NCS portal will cover online registration, career counselling, job matching and much more. The conference will be attended by Labour Ministers, Labour Secretaries, Labour Commissioners of all states and UTs, several central ministries, departments and senior leaders of the central organisations of employees and workers.

ILC provides its suggestions to the government after holding detailed discussions on a wide range of issues. Ahead of ILC, the ministerial panel on labour issues will be meeting central trade unions in the afternoon today.

The panel comprises Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Power Minister Piyush Goyal, Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of State in Prime Minister's Office Jitendra Singh and Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya.
After the panel meeting, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet trade union's delegates today and may discuss the union's 10-point charter of demands and contentious labour laws amendments.

A senior trade union leader said, "The government is holding a series of meetings with trade unions. This is an indication that the government wants to taken them on board ahead of the Parliament session beginning July 21 for pushing their labour reforms."

The Labour Ministry has planned to push the Small Factory (Facilitation and Regulation of Employment Conditions of Services) Bill, the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2012,  a Bill to amend the Employees' Provident Fund & Miscellaneous Provision Act and another Bill to amend the Payment of Bonus Act.

During its 10-year stint, the UPA government had convened six labour conferences. The NDA dispensation had called five during its term from 1998 to 2004. ILC, known as 'Labour Parliament', provides a platform to representatives of employers and employees to share their ideas, reservations and suggestions with the government to improve industrial relations in the country.

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