Politicians, including DMK supporters, are reportedly opposing the Factories (Amendment) Act 2023, which was approved by the Tamil Nadu Assembly. The Act intends to give factory workers flexible work schedules. The Act’s proposal to expand the minimum workday from eight to twelve hours is what most worries the opposition, along with the possible effects on employee welfare, safety, and work-life balance.
Thangam Thennarasu, the minister of industries, made it clear that the overall number of hours worked will not change. Employees might choose to work four days a week and take three off, which would be advantageous for female employees.
The three days off will be paid leave, and the existing policies regarding leaves, overtime, and pay would stay in place, according to Labour Welfare Minister C V Ganesan. The government will punish factories that make their workers work against their will with harsh measures.
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