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Union Cabinet approves amendment to the 1926 Trade Union Act
Jan 03, 2019

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved amendment to the Trade Union Act, 1926, paving way for the central government to recognize trade unions. The move is expected to bring in transparency in tripartite discussions besides checking on arbitary nominations and reducing litigations. 
The amended legislation will be tabled in Parliament and once passed labour ministry will issue new rules and regulations prescribing the manner of recognition of these trade unions. 
The amendment provides for insertion of section 10A in the principal Act to power centre and state governments to recognize trade unions and federation of trade unions at central as well as state level. 
This has been a long pending demand of trade unions. With this we would include makor unions in our tripartite discussions, labour minister Santosh Gangwar said. 
The Indian Trade Unions Act, 1926 provides for only registration of trade unions basis on which there are 12 central trade unions. 
According to labour ministry, the move will result in greater transparency in nomintaion of workers' representatives in tripartite bodies. It will ensure true representation of workers, check on arbitary nominations of workers and reduce litigations and industrial unrest, it said.