We are having a small sized manufacturing unit in Navi Mumbai. We have employed about 70 contract labours for packaging activities.
We are following the provisions of the contract labour act and ensuring that the contractor maintains the mandatory registers and makes the statutory payments ie. PF & ESIC.
Recently we were approached by our contractor with the proposition that if we change his payment terms numbers of contract employees provided to per piece basis, i.e. number of bottles filled and packed, then we are out of the purview of the Contract labour act.
ie. His invoice right mentions the number of employees he has provided and for how many hours. Instead he says we should get his services on the basis of the number of bottles he has filled and packed. This may also imply that he gets it filled with or without labour as he deems appropriate. Tthis arrangement will not leave any basis of determining whether or not we have employed contract labour at any point in time. and thus we wold be out of the purview of the contract labour act.
Is his interpretation correct?