Organisational set-up
  Important Telephone Nos
  Industrial Relations Scenario
  Recognition of Trade Unions
  Long term settlements
New Labour Policy 2001
Inter-State Migrant Labour
Implementation of
Minimum Wages Act
  Kerala Institute of Labour and Employment (KILE)
  Overseas Development and Employment Promotion Consultants Ltd. (ODEPC)
  Welfare activities
  Job Responsibilities
  Security and Welfare Schemes
  Major Labour Laws
  Kerala Loading and
Unloading Bill 2002
  IT Enabled Services-Self
certification Details and Application Forms
  Welfare Schemes
  Abstract of Important Labour Acts and rules
  Thozhil Rangam
  Medical Insurance Department
  Application Forms
  Government Orders




Interstate Migrant Labour

(a) State/Regional level nodal officers appointed for monitoring complaints from migrant labours
(b) A high level committee under the leadership of LC was deputed to visit the States of Gujarat, Maharashtra and West Bengal to study and report the problems of migrant labour of Kerala employed there. (A report is submitted to the Government)
(c) Conscientisation camps were organised in various districts during the year 1999.
(d) A booklet containing the legal rights of the migrant workers and legal liabilities of the principal employers/contractors was printed and supplied free of cost.

Implementation of Minimum Wages Act

1. More than 75 lakh workers are covered under the Act.
2. 69 employments are included in the schedule of the Act
3. Minimum Wages are fixed in 33 employments
4. 12 Employments are added to the Schedule during 1997-99
5. Special Squads for ensuring minimum wages.
6. Lowest level of minimum wages in many of the employments are higher than in many other states.
7. Prevailing rates of wages in the employments like agriculture, construction, timber, plywood industry etc. are twice or thrice higher the notified under the minimum wages
8. In major employments like plantation, coir products industry and cashew industry wages are initially settled in respective IRCs and then notified under the Minimum Wages Act. So wages are not an issue in these industries.
9. In traditional industries like coir (manufacturing), match industry etc. the payment of minimum wages is a problem.
10. Due to cheap labour the industries like cashew, beedi, match etc. are shifting to adjacent states.
11. Due to higher rates of wages prevailing in many employments like construction, timber and plywood industries, hotels, restaurants etc. in this state, large percentage of workers migrate to this state. This reduces employment opportunities.
12. Inspectors are filing large number of claim petitions for ensuring minimum wages to the employees.
13. More than 300 claim petitions were filed during 1999.

Kerala Institute of Labour and Employment (KILE)

1. An autonomous institute under the Labour department.
2. For imparting training programmes for the Departmental officials, T.Us, workers etc.
3. Carries out research studies
4. An upgradation is under way.

Overseas Development and Employment Promotion Consultants Ltd. (ODEPC)

1. A company registered under the Companies Act 1956. Labour Commissioner is its Managing Director.
2. Recruitment of eligible Indian candidates for foreign employments
3. Runs a Travel Division.

Welfare activities

1 12 statutory welfare fund boards for implementing various welfare schemes including pension for the unorganised labour. (Tripartite Boards)

The 12 Boards are the following:-

Kerala Abkari Workers' Welfare Fund Board, Thiruvananthapuram
Kerala Agricultural Workers' Welfare Fund Board, Thrissur
Kerala Building & Other construction Workers' Welfare Board,

Kerala Cashew Worker's Relief & Welfare Fund Board, Kollam
Kerala Handloom Workers' Welfare Fund Board, Kannur
Kerala Headload Workers' Welfare Fund Board, Ernakulam
Kerala Labour Welfare Fund Board, Thiruvananthapuram
Kerala Motor Transport Workers' Welfare Fund Board, Kollam
Kerala Tailoring Workers' Welfare Fund Board Thiruvananthapuram
Kerala Toddy Workers' welfare Fund Board, Thiruvananthapuram
Kerala Beedi & Cigar Workers Welfare Fund Board, Kozhikode
Kerala Bamboo, Kattuvally and Pandanus Leaf Workers' Welfare Fund, Ernakulam.

2. The following are the welfare measures attended to by these Boards:-
(a) Pension
(b) Death benefits
(c) Educational scholarships
(d) Financial assistance/loan for housing
(e) Maternity benefit
(f) Medical benefits.

3. Other Welfare activities carried out in the State are:-
(a) Financial assistance to the workers of locked out factories @ Rs. 500/- P.M
(b) Tree Climbers Welfare Scheme - for providing financial assistance to the injured worker/dependents of the deceased worker. The ex-gratia amount is RS 10,000/-
(c) Group Insurance Scheme for the landless agricultural workers. In case of death of a landless peasant RS 2000/- will be given to the heirs.
(d) The retrenched employees of a factory, whose dispute is for adjudication in a tribunal, will get monthly financial assistance for a limited period if the salary drawn from the factory is below RS 500/-


Designed & Maintained by: C-DIT, Thiruvananthapuram,
for Public Relations Department, Govt. of Kerala.