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Rule 25 of CL (R&A) Rules, 1971 protects the contract labour in respect of similar wages as paid to permanent employees. The recruitment procedure in respect of permanent employees has to be different from the contract labour. This rule doesn't confirm an - The Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Act, 1970

Rule 25 (2) (v) (a) of Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Rules, 1971 confers protection to employees engaged through contractors since the permanent employees has to be inducted by the employer by a different set of procedure whereas for workers employed by contractor, the procedure is bound to be different. There has to be difference between the sources for recruitment. Prima facie Rule 25 (2) (v) (a) of the Rules provide protection with regard to similar wages to the employees, engaged by a contractor as envisaged constitutionally. Slight variations in nature of work cannot brushed aside the similarity. There has to be a substantial difference between the nature of work to justify the difference in wages of permanent employee and contractor's employee.

-Chemical Mazdoor Panchayat vs. Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. & Ors. 2017 LLR 785 (S.C.)


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