Labour Law

O. Chinnappa Reddy

in The Court and the Constitution of India

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780198066286
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081462 | DOI:
Labour Law

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In India, the question of what constitutes an ‘industry’ for the purposes of the Industrial Disputes Act, a vexed question often arising in industrial law and labour law, appeared to be finally settled by the decision of the Supreme Court in Bangalore Water Supply & Sewerage Board v. A. Rajappa. In Workmen of Hindustan Lever Ltd, the Supreme Court also had occasion to say that the law relating to industrial disputes should be kept free from all the technical and procedural difficulties of ordinary civil law. By enacting the Industrial Disputes Act, the legislature itself has recognized that collective bargaining and strike are legitimate weapons in the matter of industrial relations and the Act itself recognizes and defines strike. There are innumerable decisions of the Supreme Court, the various high courts and several other industrial tribunals where the right to strike has been assumed without any whisper of an objection to the contrary.

Keywords: India; industry; industrial disputes; right to strike; labour law; industrial law; civil law; Industrial Disputes Act; collective bargaining; Supreme Court

Chapter.  2316 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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