As part of its Knowledge Dialogue Series, KIIT School of Management (KSOM) organized a Webinar with panel on ‘Reforms Envisaged by the New Labour Codes – Varied Perspectives’ on 10th October 2020. Knowledge Dialogues Series is an endeavour of KSOM to ensure updation of knowledge and discussion on pertinent topics.
Eminent speakers like Dr. Tapas K. Panda, Deputy Chief Labour Commissioner, Govt. of India, Kolkata; Dr. Rajeev Nayan, an eminent HR professional; Professor P. K. Sarkar, Chairman, Committee for Legal Assistance to the Poor (CLAP) & Professor Emeritus, KIIT School of Law; and Professor S. K. Mahapatra, Director, KSOM deliberated on the New Labour Code, its backdrop as well as its impact on organized and unorganized sectors.
Dr. Tapas K. Panda spoke about the impact of the Code on Wages on the unorganized sector and all workers. A 1998-batch Central Labour Service (CLS) officer, Dr. Panda has a working experience of about 32 years in various capacities. He is a recipient of ‘Bharat Gaurav Samman’ in 2017, conferred by the World Human Rights Protection Association India Chapter, for his work in the field of unorganized labour in the state of Odisha.
Dr. Rajeev Nayan presented the corporate perspectives on the impact of Code of Industrial Relations on trade unions and workers. Presently, Dr. Nayan is a freelance HR Consultant and faculty of B-Schools. He has experience of around 31 years of HR and IR in big manufacturing organizations and corporate sectors in India and abroad.
Professor P. K. Sarkar presented his perspectives on the status of inter-state migrant workmen as an outcome of the Occupational Safety, Health and Working Condition Code, 2020. He also spoke on the Code of Social Security. Prof. Sarkar is an eminent academician serving in the field of law for the last 42 years. He has served as Reader and Professor in the PG Department of Law in Utkal University till 2013.
Professor S. K. Mahapatra presented a general overview on labour reforms and set the context to the session. He spoke about the need for reforms as overdue and gave the ILO perspective on Future of Work. He summed up the positives from the four codes in terms of minimizing returns and simplifying definitions. Prof. Mahapatra suggested more trust between employees and employers, instead of suspicion, to achieve progress together. Prof. Isa Mishra moderated the session, which was highly interactive.