Central Trade Unions slam Centre’s move to shift base year for calculating dearness allowance, say will depress amount payable | India News


NEW DELHI: The All India Trade Union Congress on Saturday slammed the labour ministry’s new Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers, calling it “daylight robbery” by the Union government.
AITUC said the government’s so-called stakeholders consultation was meaningless since none of the concerns raised by the Central Trade Unions were considered by the labour bureau before announcing the change in base year calculation from 2001 to 2016.
AITUC’s statement follows a similar concern voice by CITU on Friday where it questioned the government’s “arbitrary” decision to “drastically” reduce the weightage given to food items even though their prices rose despite the economic slowdown. Weightage of food items in the Standard consumption basket has been reduced from 46.2% to 39%.
“Since the present decision of shifting the base year to 2016, linking factor of 2.88, proportions of items of household expenditures, points of data collections, all are going to result in depression of dearness allowance payable to industrial workers, the employers stand to gain that much as their profits,” the AITUC said in a statement.
The trade union also said the Labour Bureau sent out emails announcing revision of base year for calculating CPI-IW(Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers) from 2001 to 2016, only on October 22, 2020.
The new series of the CPI-IW was announced on the same day.
“This decision follows the earlier pattern practiced by the Labour Ministry: making a show of consulting “stakeholders“ at the eleventh hour and then completely ignoring the responses received,” AITUC said.
AITUC secretary Amarjeet Kaur said, “The entire lot of Central Trade Unions had opposed through a written, signed communication, the recommendations of the Labour Bureau point by point, only to discover that they have simply been brushed aside. The so-called consultations on Labour Codes, including recommendations of the Parliamentary Committee on Labour, met the same fate.”

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