Commissioner of Labour

Bombay Industrial Relations Act, 1946

This Act applies to certain specified industries like textiles, co-operation banking, sugar, power generation in Mumbai, BEST, etc. Under this Act, there are provisions for registration of unions as a ‘representative union’ which is the sole bargaining agent of employees under this Act for the particular industry in specified local area. Statutory machinery is also provided under this Act to resolve industrial disputes through negotiations with the sole bargaining agent, conciliation or voluntary or compulsory arbitration by Labour Courts, Industrial Courts or Wages Boards. An individual employee can also take direct recourse to the arbitration machinery under the Act i.e. the Labour Court to resolve the dispute to termination etc. of his services.

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