Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Necessity and Importance of Labour Law and Principles


Industrial legalizations are the laws enacted by the Government to provide economic and social justice to the workers in industries. Generally these laws provide guidelines to the employers/industrialists in dealing with the matters of wages, wage incentives, facilitates for workers and the working conditions of labour.
According to Mr. V.V. Giri industrial legislation is “a provision for equitable distribution of profits and benefits emerging from industry, between industrialists and workers and affording protection to the workers against harmful effects to their health safety and morality.”

Necessity and Importance of Labour Law:

(1) Improves industrial relation i.e. employee-employer relations and minimizes industrial disputes.
(2) Prospects workers form exploitation by the employers or management
(3) Helps workers in getting fair wages
(4) Minimizes labour unrest
(5) Reduces conflicts and strikes etc.
(6) Ensures job security for workers
(7) Promotes welcome environment conditions in the industrial system
(8) Fixes rest pauses and work hours etc.
(9) Provides compensation to workers, who are victims of accidents.

Principles of Industrial Legislation:

Industrial legislations based upon the following principles:
(1) Social Justice
(2) Social Equality/ Welfare
(3) National Economy
(4) International Uniformity
(1) Social justice:
The first step in establishing social justice is to protect those who can’t protect themselves. Industrial laws provide social justice to the workers by ensuring suitable distribution of profits and benefits among the employer and employees. It also provides better working conditions in industry.
(2) Social equality/welfare:
Another objective of labour law is to ensure social welfare of workers. These laws help the employees to improve their social status i.e. material and morale of the workers by providing adequate wages and safety measures, ensuring appropriate working hours and health facilities.
(3) National economy:
National economy is another guiding principle of labour legislation. It ensures normal growth of industry for the development of nation. It increases the efficiency of workers and satisfies their needs. Thus efficient industry finally contributes a lot to improve national economy.
(4) International uniformity:
In attaining international uniformity International Labour Organization (I.L.O.) has played an important part. It aims at securing minimum standard on uniform basis in respect of all labour matters. Uniformity of standards can be maintained only by enforcing various industrial laws.