Will Step in if Talks Fail, Says Dattatreya

After the talks between the trade unions and the NLC management over the wage revision settlement failed, the Union government has assured of intervening.

Published: 24th July 2015 03:49 AM  |   Last Updated: 24th July 2015 03:49 AM   |  A+A-

CHENNAI: After the tripartite talks between the representatives of trade unions and the NLC management over the wage revision settlement failed, the Union government has assured that it would intervene to break the deadlock.

Union Minister of State for Labour and Employment Bandaru Dattatreya said here on Thursday that he had met one of the trade union leaders, M Shanmugham, who apprised him of the situation.

The minister told reporters on the sidelines of Employees Federation of Southern India (EFSI)’s annual conference here that the trade union leader told him that 23 round of discussions had taken place between the management and the trade union representatives, but the management has not yet come forward to revise the wage settlement.

“Last time the wage revision was more and this time they are not increasing at all. After my discussion with Shanmugham, I informed my Central Chief Labour Commissioner to take stock of the situation, speed up the consultation process and see that some settlement is reached,” said Dattatreya.

The minister said that if the settlement is not reached, then he would hold discussion with Minister of Power and New and Renewable Energy Sources Piyush Goyal in order to resolve the issue.

To a query over 11 Central Trade Unions (CTUs) planning to go on nationwide strike on September 2, the Minister said that he had not yet received the notice though he was aware of their charter of demands through media.

“A tripartite consultation is already on. On July 19, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Minister of State for Petroleum

and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan and Power Minister Piyush Goel were in discussion. They are sorting out some of the issues,” he said.

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