People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
February 20, 2005
Welcomes SC Ruling
Delhi Union of Journalists (DUJ) hailed the momentous Supreme Court judgment
reiterating that prior permission of the government under the Industrial
Disputes Act is mandatory before closing down an establishment of retrenching
a statement issued on February 16, the DUJ stated that the judgment assumes
significance in the backdrop of growing incidences of closures and termination
of permanent employees’ services in the “hire and fire” culture triggered
by the so-called economic reforms and policy of liberalisation.
The tendency to treat the law with contempt has afflicted the newspaper industry more than other sectors. Hindustan Times provides the latest instance of an employer terminating overnight the services of nearly 400 employees without any intimation to the employees, what to talk of seeking government approval.
apex court has underscored in the Oswal Agro case that even if union and
management enter into an agreement to this effect, it will be invalid under
Section 25- N & O of the ID Act and that 90 days prior notice is a necessary
DUJ hoped that the import of the apex court’s ruling will dawn on the
newspaper managements and they will desist from flouting the laws of the land