The Allahabad High Court on Thursday issued notice to the UP Government in a PIL challenging the Government order for relaxation of certain labour laws, particularly the provisions of the Factories Act, 1948, in the state.
On May 8, 2020, the UP Government had issued a notification relaxing the provisions relating to working hours, overtime, intervals for rest, etc. as stipulated under Sections 51, 54, 56 and 59 of the Factories Act.
The notification exempts the application of the abovementioned provisions retrospectively, i.e. from April 20, and will remain in force till July 19, 2020.
As per the notification:
Assailing the same, the UP Worker's Front, through Advocates Pranjal Shukla and Vinayak Mitthal has moved the High Court, stating that the same violates Constitutional values.
The matter was mentioned before the bench of Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Justice Siddhartha Varma, which has issued notices to the Government and has posted the matter for consideration on May 18.
Pertinently, the UP Govt has also cleared the Uttar Pradesh Temporary Exemption from Certain Labour Laws Ordinance, 2020, exempting factories and other manufacturing establishments in the state from the obligations contained under various labour laws, for a period of three years.
As per the ordinance, which is pending Presidential assent, only the following provisions will remain in force:
Case Title: Uttar Pradesh Worker Front v. Union Of India & Anr.
Case No.: PIL 579/2020
Quorum: Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Justice Siddhartha Varma
Appearance: Advocates Pranjal Shukla and Vinayak Mitthal (for Petitioner); CSC (for State)
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