The Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) strongly opposed the recent decision of Tripura governments to keep open shops and establishments all days of week.
Speaking in a press conference at CITU central office in Agartala on Monday afternoon, CITU leader and MP Sankar Prasad Datta said that recent cabinet decision on keeping shops and business establishments open violates rules of ‘The Tripura Shops and Establishments Act 1970’, which gives rights to all employees and workers of shops and establishments and allows them holiday, a half-day and a full day in a week and the shops or an establishment shall be entirely closed for this period in each week under the act.
Giving details of the act, Datta said that under section-5 its clearly mentioned that ‘no deduction on account of any holiday allowed sub-section -1 shall be made from the wages of any person employed in a shop or an establisments’.
The decision has been taken for interest of shopping malls and directly violates the rights of employees and labourers, said Datta adding that every state and capital cities of the country have holidays for shops and establishments. We do not know whether any market in any part of India remains open for all days in a week, said Datta and suggested the state government that they should adopt the rotational holidays in all markets of the state.
Giving details of previous Left Front government initiatives on rotational holidays, Datta said that former Labour Minister had initiated a meeting among traders, unions and government officials for rotational holidays in markets of Agartala, but could not take any unanimous decision. Later, shopping malls were allowed for functioning round the week on strength of their employees under the laws for rotational duties.