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Labour Department is one of the major Departments of Govt., mainly involved in creating industrial peace and maintaining it in the State. For these functions there is two wings in the Department under the leadership of two Additional Labour Commissioners
Mission and Vision of the department
The most important aims and objectives of the department include maintenance of peaceful atmosphere in the labour sector as a whole; ensure co-operation and healthy relation between the employers and the employed; systematic implementation of the various labour laws (numbering 27 Central/State Acts and Rules) throughout the State etc.
Line departments, Institutions and organizations under the department
Functions of the State Labour Department can mainly be divided into four:- 1.Industrial Relations
Government constitutes Minimum Wages Committee for fixing and revising minimum rates of wages under section 5 (I) of the Minimum Wages Act 1948. Minimum Wages Advisory Board also advises Govt. in this regard.
(a) Employments originally included in the schedule
List of employment for which minimum wages has been fixed so far
Enforcement of the various labour legislations is mainly carried out through 100 Assistant Labour Officers (Grade II) and 10 Inspectors of Plantations. The Assistant Labour Officers are controlled and supervised by 11 District Labour Officers (E) in the Districts except in Idukki, Wayanad and Pathanamthitta where District Labour Officers (G) is entrusted with the enforcement functions also. A state Advisory Contract Labour Board has been constituted and functioning in the State for advising the Govt. in the matter of abolition of contract labour.
The Inspectors of Plantations are functioning under the Chief Inspector of Plantations, an Officer in the cadre of Joint Labour Commissioner, whose headquarters is at Kottayam. The chief Inspector and the 10 Inspectors of Plantations function as a separate Inspectorate for enforcement of Plantations Labour Act 1951 and other labour laws applicable to Plantations in the State. The Assistant Labour Officers are the notified inspectors under 18 Labour Legislations. The Assistant Labour Officers and the District Labour Officers (E) are supervised and controlled by three Regional Joint Labour Commissioner at Kollam, Ernakulam and Kozhikode.
The Additional Labour Commissioner (E) in the office of the Labour Commissioner has overall supervisory charge of the enforcement officers in the state. Besides this, the Labour Commissioner and all other officers in the Labour Commissionerate are empowered to carry out the functions of inspectors under all the 18 legislations mentioned above. A District Labour Officer (HQ) in the Office of the Labour Commissioner is functioning as the Inspector of News paper establishments, for the whole state.
All the Deputy Labour Commissioners except Deputy Labour Commissioner (IR), Ernakulam and Dy.Labour Commissioner (HQ) are acting as authorities exclusively dealing quasi-judicial functions under the labour enactments given below:- 1. Workmens' Compensation Act.