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Industrial Disputes Act, 1947


2. Definitions

In this Act, unless there is anything repugnant in the subject or context,-

(a) "appropriate government" means-

(i) in relation to any industrial disputes concerning 3[* * *] any industry carried on by or under the authority of the Central Government, 4[ *** ]or by a railway company 5[or concerning any such controlled industry as may be specified in this behalf by the Central Government] 6[* * *] or in relation to an industrial dispute concerning 7[8 [9[10[a Dock Labor Board established under section 5A of the Dock Workers (Regulation of Employment) Act, 1948 (9 of 1948), or the 11[the Industrial Finance Corporation of India Limited formed and registered under the Companies Act, 1956], or the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation established under section 3 of the Employees’ State Insurance Act, 1948 (34 of 1948), or the Board of Trustees constituted under section 3A of the Coal Mines Provident Fund and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1948 (46 of 1948), or the Central Board of Trustees and the State Boards of Trustees constituted under section 5A and Section 5B, respectively, of the Employees’ Provident Fund and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952 (19 of 1952), 12[***], or the Life Insurance Corporation of India established under section 3 of the Life Insurance Corporation Act, 1956 (31 of 1956), or 13[the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited registered under the Companies Act. 19561, or the Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation established under section 3 of the Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporations Act. 1961 (47 of 1961), or the Central Warehousing Corporation established under section 3 of the Warehousing Corporation Act, 1962 (58 of 1962), or the Unit Trust of India established under section 3 of the Unit Trust of India Act, 1963 (52 of 1963), or the Food Corporation of India established under section 3, or a Board of Management established for two or more contiguous States under section 16 of the Food Corporation Act, 1964 (37 of 1964), or 14[the Airports Authority of India constituted under section 3 of the Airports Authority of India Act, 1994], or a Regional Rural Bank established under section 3 of the Regional Rural Banks Act, 1976 (21 of 1976), or the Export Credit and Guarantee Corporation Limited or the Industrial Reconstruction Corporation of India Limited, 15[the National Housing Bank established under section 3 of the National Housing Bank Act, 1987 (53 of 1987)], or the Banking Service Commission established under section3 of the Banking Service Commission Act, 1975 or 16[17[an air transport service, or a banking or an insurance company], a mine, an oil-field.] 18[a Cantonment Board,] or a major port, the Central Government, and]

(ii) in relation to any other industrial dispute, the State Government;

18[ (aa) "arbitrator" includes an umpire;]

19[20[(aaa) "average pay" means the average of the wages payable to a workman-

(i) in the case of monthly paid workman, in the three complete calendar months,

(ii) in the case of weekly paid workman, in the four complete weeks,

(iii) in the case of daily paid workman, in the twelve full working days,

preceding the date on which the average pay becomes payable if the workman had worked for three complete calendar months or four complete weeks or twelve full working days, as the case may be, and where such calculation cannot be made, the average pay shall be calculated as the average of the wages payable to a workman during the period he actually worked;]

21[(b) "award" means an interim or a final determination of any industrial dispute or of any question relating thereto by any Labor Court, Industrial Tribunal or National Industrial Tribunal and includes an arbitration award made under section 10A;]

22[(bb) "banking company" means a banking company as defined in section 5 of the Banking Companies Act, 1949, 23[(10 of 1949) having branches or other establishments in more than one State, and includes 24[the Export-Import Bank of India], 25[the Industrial Reconstruction Bank of India,] 26[the Industrial Development Bank of India,] the Small Industries Development Bank of India established under section 3 of the Small Industries Development Bank of India Act, 1989, the Reserve Bank of India, the State Bank of India, 27[a corresponding new bank constituted under section 3 of the Banking Companies (Acquisition and Transfer of Undertakings) Act, 1970, 28[a corresponding new bank constituted under section 3 of the Banking Companies (Acquisition and Transfer of Undertakings) Act, 1980, and any subsidiary bank], as defined in the State Bank of India (Subsidiary Banks) Act, 1959 (38 of 1959);

(c) "Board" means a Board of Conciliation constituted under this Act;

29[(cc) "closure" means the permanent closing down of a place of employment or part thereof;]

(d) "conciliation office" means a conciliation officer appointed under this Act;

(e) "conciliation proceeding" means any proceeding held by a conciliation officer or Board under this Act;

 5[(ee) "controlled industry" means any industry the control of which by the Union has been declared by any Central Act to be expedient in the public interest;] 30[***]

(f) "Court" means a Court of Inquiry constituted under this Act;

(g) "employer" means-

(i) in relation to an industry carried on by or under the authority of any department of 31[the Central Government or a State Government,] the authority prescribed in this behalf, or where no authority is prescribed, the head of the department;

(ii) in relation to an industry carried on by or on behalf of a local authority, the chief executive officer of that authority;

32[(gg) "executive", in relation to a trade union, means the body, by whatever name called, to which the management of the affairs of the trade union is entrusted;]

33[** *]

(i) a person shall be deemed to be "independent" for the purpose of his appointment as the chairman or other member of a Board, Court or Tribunal, if he is unconnected with the industrial dispute referred to such Board, Court or Tribunal or with any industry directly affected by such dispute:

34[PROVIDED that no person shall cease to be independent by reason only of the fact that he is a shareholder of an incorporated company which is connected with, or likely to be affected by, such industrial dispute; but in such a case, he shall disclose to the appropriate government the nature and extent of the shares held by him in such company;]

35[(j) "industry" means any business, trade, undertaking, manufacture or calling of employers and includes any calling, service, employment, handicraft, or industrial occupation or a vocation of workmen;

(k) "industrial dispute" means any dispute or difference between employers and employers, or between employers and workmen, or between workmen and workmen, which is connected with the employment or non-employment or the terms of employment or with the conditions of labor, of any person;

29[(ka) "Industrial establishment or undertaking" means an establishment or undertaking in which any industry is carried on:

PROVIDED that where several activities are carried on in an establishment or undertaking and only one or some of such activities is or are an industry or industries, then,-

(a) if any unit of such establishment or undertaking carrying on any activity, being an industry, is severable from the other unit or units of such establishment or undertaking, such unit shall be deemed to be a separate industrial establishment or undertaking;

(b) if the predominant activity or each of the predominant activities carried on in such establishment or undertaking or any unit thereof is an industry and the other activity or each of the other activities carried on in such establishment or undertaking or unit thereof is not severable from and is, for the purpose of carrying on, or aiding the carrying on of, such predominant activity or activities, the entire establishment or undertaking or, as the case may be, unit thereof shall be deemed to be an industrial establishment or undertaking;]

36[(kk) "insurance company" means an insurance company as defined in section 2 of the Insurance Act   1938 (4 of 1938), having branches or other establishments in more than one State;]

37[(kka) "Khadi" has the meaning assigned to it in clause (d) of section 2 of the Khadi and Village Industries Commission Act, 1956 (61 of 1956);]

37[38[(kkb) "Labor Court" means a Labor Court constituted under section 7;]

19[(kkk) "lay-off" (with its grammatical variations and cognate expressions) means the failure, refusal or inability of an employer on account of shortage of coal, power or raw materials or the accumulation of stocks or the break-down of machinery 39[or natural calamity or for any other connected reason] to give employment to a workman whose name is borne on the muster rolls of his industrial establishment and who has not been retrenched;

Explanation : Every workman whose name is borne on the muster rolls of the industrial establishment and who presents himself for work at the establishment at the time appointed for the purpose during normal working hours on any day and is not given employment by the employer within two hours of his so presenting himself shall be deemed to have been laid-off for that day within the meaning of this clause:

PROVIDED that if the workman, instead of being given employment at the commencement of any shift for any day is asked to present himself for the purpose during the second half of the shift for the day and is given employment then, he shall be deemed to have been laid-off only for one-half of that day:

PROVIDED FURTHER that if he is not given any such employment even after so presenting himself, he shall not be deemed to have been laid-off for the second half of the shift for the day and shall be entitled to full basic wages and dearness allowance for that part of the day;]

(l)"lock-out" means the 39[ temporary dosing of a place of employment], or the suspension of work, or the refusal by an employer to continue to employ any number of persons employed by him;

18[(1a) "major port" means a major port as defined in clause (8) of section 3 of the Indian Ports Act, 1908 (15 of 1908);

(1b) "mine" means a mine as defined in clause (j) of sub-section (1) of section 2 of the mines Act, 1952 (35 of 1952);]

38[(ll) "National Tribunal" means a National Industrial Tribunal constituted under section 7B;]

32[(lll) "office bearer", in relation to a trade union, includes any member of the executive thereof, but does not include an auditor;]

(m) "prescribed" means prescribed by rules made under this Act;

(n) "public utility service" means-

(i) any railway service 40[or any transport service for the carriage of passengers or goods by air];

41[(ia) any service in, or in connection with the working of , any major port or dock;]

(ii) any section of an industrial establishment, on the working of which the safety of the establishment or the workmen employed therein depends;

(iii) any postal, telegraph or telephone service;

(iv) any industry which supplies power, light or water to the public;

(v) any system of public conservancy or sanitation;

(vi) any industry specified in the 42[First Schedule] which the appropriate government may, if satisfied that public emergency or public interest so requires, by notification in the Official Gazette, declare to be a public utility service for the purposes of this Act, for such period as may be specified in the notification:

PROVIDED that the period so specified shall not, in the first instance, exceed six months but may, by a like notification, be extended from time to time, by any period not exceeding six months, at any one time if in the opinion of the appropriate government public emergency or public interest requires such extension;

(o) "railway company" means a railway company as defined in section 3 of the Indian Railways Act, 1890 (9 of 1890);

19[(oo) "retrenchments" means the termination by the employer of the service of a workman for any reason whatsoever, otherwise than as a punishment inflicted by way of disciplinary action but does not include-

(a) voluntary retirement of the workman; or

(b) retirement of the workman on reaching the age of superannuation if the contract of employment between the employer and the workman concerned contains a stipulation in that behalf; or

43[(bb) termination of the service of the workman as a result of the non-renewal of the contract of employment between the employer and the workman concerned on its expiry or of such contract being terminated under a stipulation on that behalf contained therein; or]

(c) termination of the service of a workman on the ground of continued ill-health;]

44[(p) "settlement" means a settlement arrived at in the course of conciliation proceeding and includes a written agreement between the employer and workmen arrived at otherwise than in the course of conciliation proceeding where such agreement has been signed by the parties thereto in such manner as may be prescribed and a copy thereof has been sent to  45[an officer authorized in this behalf by] the appropriate government and the conciliation officer;]

(q) "strike" means a cessation of work by a body of persons employed in any industry acting in combination or a concerted refusal, or a refusal, under; a common understanding of any number of persons who are or have been so employed to continue to work or to accept employment;

46(qq) "trade union" means a trade union registered under the Trade Union Act, 1926, (16 of 1926);]

47[(r) "Tribunal" means an Industrial Tribunal constituted under section 7A and includes an Industrial Tribunal constituted before the 10th day of March, 1957, under this Act;]

47[(ra) "unfair labor practice" means any of the practices specified in the Fifth Schedule;

(rb) "village industries" has the meaning assigned to it in clause (h) of section 2 of the Khadi and Village Industries Commission Act, 1956 (61 of 1956);]

48[(rr) "wages" means all remuneration capable of being expressed in terms of money, which would, if the terms of employment, expressed or implied, were fulfilled, be payable to a workman in respect of his employment or of work done in such employment, and includes-

(i) such allowances (including dearness allowance) as the workman is for the time being entitled to;

(ii) the value of any house accommodation, or of supply of light, water, medical attendance or other amenity or of any service or of any confessional supply of food grains or other articles;

(iii) any traveling concession;

47[(iv) any commission payable on the promotion of sales or business or both;]

but does not include-

(a) any bonus;

(b)any contribution paid or payable by the employer to any pension fund or provident fund or for the benefit of the workman under any law for the time being in force;

(c) any gratuity payable on the termination of his service;]

49[(s) "workman" means any person (including an apprentice employed in any industry to do any manual, unskilled, skilled, technical, operational, clerical or supervisory work for hire or reward, whether the terms of employment be express or implied, and for the purposes of any proceeding under this Act in relation to an industrial dispute, includes any such person who has been dismissed, discharged or retrenched in connection with, or as a consequence of, that dispute, or whose dismissal, discharge or retrenchment has led to that dispute, but does not include any such person-

(i) who is subject to the Air Force Act, 1950 (45 of 1950), or the Army Act, 1950 (46 of 1950), or the Navy Act, 1957 (62 of 1957); or

(ii) who is employed in the police service or as an officer or other employee of a prison; or

(iii) who is employed mainly in a managerial or administrative capacity; or

(iv) who, being employed in a supervisory capacity, draws wages exceeding one thousand six hundred rupees per mensem or exercises, either by the nature of the duties attached to the office or by reason of the powers vested in him, function mainly of a managerial nature.]



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