Factories act extended to units with one worker

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With a view to improve the working environment and prevent the factory workers from being exploited, the Gujarat state government has decided to extend the provisions of Factories Act even to units with just one worker.

A notification to this effect has been issued by the Labour and Employment Department of Gujarat Government in exercise of the powers conferred upon by Section 85 of the Factories Act, 1948. Pursuant to the notification, all the provisions of the Act will be applicable to classes or places where Schedule XVII and Schedule XVIII under Rule 102 of Gujarat Factories Rules, 1963 are applicable. These workers may be in direct employment or working with the permission of or under an agreement with factory owners.

Authorities believe that this will help them fix the responsibilities for occupational hazards in cases of silicosis and silicotuberculosis among the agate workers of Khambhat and the stone quartz grinders. Henceforth, the benefits of the Act will also be extended to workers in mining, milling, textile and cement industries, suffering from asbestosis.

 

Source: http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/now-factories-act-applicable-to-units-even with-one-worker/406767/

 

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