Chpter 2 - Labour Welfare Officer | Welfare | Diploma

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Labour Welfare Officer

Labour Welfare Officer
The importance of labour officers in Indian industry was realised as early as 1931, when the Royal Commission on Labour recommended that their appointment in order to protect the workers from the evils of jobbery and indebtedness, to act as generally as a spokesman of labour and to promote amicable relations between workers and the management.

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The officer is expected to act
    an advisor, counselor, mediator, and liaison (Link)officer between mgmt. & labour

including the maintenance of the law and order in an organisation. The Cotton textile mills in Bombay an the Jute Industry in Calcutta pioneered the appointment of Labour officer in the 1930. . Chapter No. 2  Serve as a liaison with State Labour Commissioner. The labour officer was expected to discharge the functions of the policeman.  Develop and improve labour administration.Labour Welfare Officer The post of the labour officer was instituted initially to:  Eliminate the evils and malpractices of the jobbery system in the recruitment of the labour.

Labour Welfare Officer The Legislative provision for the appointment of welfare officers under the 1) Factories act was made in 1948 Section 49 (1) and (2) of the act provides that: ”In every factory. wherein 500 or more workers are ordinarily employed. Chapter No. 2 . the employer shall employ in the factory such number of welfare officers as may be prescribed.

states: “For every mine wherein 500 or more persons are employed the owner. the employer shall employ in the factory such number of welfare officers as may be prescribed. 2 3) Section 58 of the Mines Act. the agent or manager shall appoint a suitably qualified welfare officer. qualifications and conditions of service of such officer. The state is authorized to prescribe the duties. ” In every plantation wherein 300 or more workers are employed.Labour Welfare Officer 2) According to the Plantation Labour Act 1951 Section 18 (1) & (2).” Chapter No.” . 1952.

Labour Welfare Officer Chapter No. . qualifications and conditions of service of Labour welfare officer. 2 The State is authorized to prescribe the duties.

the eligibility of a welfare officer must be ensured before his appointment.  The welfare officers should form part of the administration so that they may discharge their responsibilities effectively.Labour Welfare Officer The National Commission on labour has stated:  Laws were made to ensure that the managements appointed a person exclusively to look after the welfare of their workers and help them in discharging their statutory obligations in respect of welfare measures.  The welfare officer should not be called upon to handle labour disputes on behalf of the management. Chapter No. Therefore. 2 .

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one of them shall be called the Chief Welfare Officer and the others Assistant Welfare Officers.Labour Welfare Officer Chapter No. . 2 Where there are more than one Welfare Officer appointed.

 Adequate knowledge of the language spoken by majority of the workers in the area where factories. Chapter No. 2 .  Degree or diploma in social sciences or social work or social welfare from any recognized institution. mines. or plantations are situated.Labour Welfare Officer Qualifications of labour welfare officer A welfare officer to be appointed should have:  A university degree.

subject to such conditions as it may specify. 2 . in the case of a person who is acting as a Welfare Officer at the commencement of these rules. relax all or any of the aforesaid qualifications. by notification in the official gazette. Chapter No. grant exemption from the provisions of clause (b) in suitable cases till such time better facilities in the matter of training in social science are available. the State Government may.Labour Welfare Officer Qualifications of labour welfare officer  Provided that the State Government may.  Provided further that.

 No person shall be allowed to be appointed as who has any kind of connection / interest in factory and no person shall be allowed to hold such office after he becomes so interested in the factory Chapter No. April. permission has to be obtained.  A test is conducted by the commissioner of labour in every quarter beginning first of January. 2 . October. July. Govt.Labour Welfare Officer Qualifications of labour welfare officer  He will be head of the department and his service can’t be terminated.  He should have passed Viva-voce test conducted by the commissioner of labour and he has got himself enrolled in the list of welfare officers maintained by the commissioner of labour.

2 1. Two years course (Diploma in Labour welfare) of the institute for labour welfare workers etc… . Diploma in labour welfare of Shri Dorabjee Graduate school of social Work. Diploma in labour welfare of the Mumbai University. Degree of MA in social work of the Tata institute of social sciences.Labour Welfare Officer Following degree diplomas are recognised appointment of LWO in Maharashtra for the Chapter No. Mumbai. 6. Mumbai 2. Mumbai 5. Mumbai 4. Diploma of the Institute for Labour Welfare Workers 3. Diploma in social services administration with industrial relations and personnel management of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences.

The appointment when made shall be notified by the occupier to the State Government or such authority as the State Government may specify for the purpose.Labour Welfare Officer Recruitment of Welfare Officers  The post of a Welfare Officer shall be advertised in at least two newspapers having a wide circulation in the State. giving full details of the qualifications. 2   . Chapter No. of the officer appointed and the conditions of his service. etc. The selection shall be made from among the candidates applying for the post by a Committee appointed by the occupier of the factory. one of which shall be an English newspaper.

Labour Welfare Officer Role of labour welfare officer Chapter No. 2  Advisor  Counselor  Mediator  Liaison .

Chapter No. hours of work.Labour Welfare Officer Function of Welfare Officers  Classified under three areas of manpower management (Welfare Function) 2. 2 1. Labour Relation (Conciliation Function) This includes advise and assistance in implementing legislative & non legislative provisions relating to health. leave. formation of welfare committees . Labour Welfare . safety and welfare. Labour Administration (Personnel function) 3.

Labour Welfare . liaison. Labour Relation (Conciliation Function) Labour administration responsibilities may cover organisational discipline. 2 1. education of workers Chapter No. wage & salary administration. Labour Administration (Personnel function) 3. safety and medical administration.Labour Welfare Officer Function of Welfare Officers  Classified under three areas of manpower management (Welfare Function) 2.

Labour Administration (Personnel function) 3. Labour Welfare . promotion of harmonious labour-management relations. peaceful settlement of disputes. 2 1.Labour Welfare Officer Function of Welfare Officers  Classified under three areas of manpower management (Welfare Function) 2. Chapter No. administration of standing orders. steps to increase productive efficiency. Labour Relation (Conciliation Function) This may consist of settlement of grievances.

To establish contacts and hold consultations with a view to maintaining harmonious relations between the factory management and workers. . with a view to securing their expeditious redress and to act as a liaison officer between the management and labour .50. To bring to the notice of the factory management the grievances of workers.112 Govt. Chapter No. individual as well as collective. 3. To study and understand the point of view of labour in order to help the factory management to shape and formulate labour policies and to interpret these policies and to interpret these policies to the workers in a language they can understand. 2 2. of Maharashtra 1.Labour Welfare Officer Duties of Welfare Officers : Factories Act 1948 u/s 49.

2 5. concerning regulation of working hours. Chapter No. maternity benefit. To watch industrial relations with a view to using his influence in the event of a dispute between the factory management and workers and to help to bring about a settlement by persuasive effort. statutory or otherwise. . medical care.Labour Welfare Officer Duties of Welfare Officers 4. compensation for injuries and sickness and other welfare and social benefit measures. To advise on fulfillment by time management and the concerned departments of the factory of obligations.

2 . to advise and assist the management in the fulfillment of its obligations.Labour Welfare Officer Duties of Welfare Officers 6. statutory or otherwise. Chapter No. concerning prevention of personal injuries and maintaining a safe work environment. in such factories where a Safety Officer is not required to be appointed under the enabling provisions under section 40 B. 7. to promote relations between the concerned departments of the factory and workers which will bring about productive efficiency as well as amelioration in the working conditions and to help workers to adjust and adapt themselves to their working environments.

shelters for rest. sickness and benevolent scheme payments. and to supervise their work. pension and superannuation funds. 2 10. granting of loans and legal advice to workers. to help the factory management in regulating the grant of leave with wages and explain to the workers the provisions relating to leave with wages and other leave privileges and to guide the workers in the matter of submission of application for grant of leave for regulating authorised absence. gratuity payments. Chapter No. .Labour Welfare Officer Duties of Welfare Officers 8. crèches. to encourage the formation of Works and Joint Production Committees. to encourage provision of amenities such as canteens. Co-operative Societies and Welfare Committees. drinking water. 9. adequate latrine facilities.

advice on individual personnel problems and education of children. foodstuffs. apprentices. to advise the factory management on questions relating to training of new starters. to advise on provision of welfare facilities. such as housing facilities. instructors and supervisors. . and 13. to suggest measures which will serve to raise the standard of living of workers and in general promote their well-being. workers on transfer and promotion. 2 12.Labour Welfare Officer Duties of Welfare Officers 11. Chapter No. sanitation. supervision and control of notice board and information bulletins to further education of workers and to encourage their attendance at technical institutes. social and recreational facilities.

2 . safety and protection of workers and the factory Chapter No. To bring to the notice of workers their rights & liabilities under the Standing Order of the factory and other rules which grant rights to.Labour Welfare Officer Duties of Welfare Officers 14. and define the duties of workers or which are directed to the discipline.

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