VIII. LABOUR LAWS
62. As the Indian IT product
industry will increasingly have to compete with countries
like Taiwan, Singapore, Korea and Philippines, the Indian
Labour Laws in this limited sector should not be adverse
as compared to the Labour Laws in the competing
countries. In view of this, the following modifications
in the Labour Law specifically applicable to the IT
Products manufacturing sector, will be enacted in S-BIT
Units/Zones/Habitats with due consideration to the ILO
i) Women shall be allowed to
work in three shifts subject to provisions of all the
ILO specified conveniences including transportation
from and to the door steps of the employee.
ii) Temporary status will apply
for 720 days out of 3 years instead of 240 days out
of one year as per the existing labour laws.
iii) Manufacturers will be
allowed to downsize employee rolls by upto 10 percent
of total employee strength in any year without
iv) Contract Labour Abolition
Act will not be applicable to the IT Sector.
v) In order to be able to run
3-shift/4-shift operations, labour law should allow
upto 12 hour shifts without overtime as long as total
number of hours worked per week averages the current
norms of 48 hours per week.