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Tamil Nadu assembly passes Bill allowing 12-hour work days, DMK allies

The passage of the Factories (Amendment) Act 2023 in the Tamil Nadu Assembly, which provides for flexible work hours for employees in factories, is reportedly facing opposition from political parties, including DMK allies. The Act’s provisions to extend the mandatory working hours from 8 hours to 12 hours have been the main point of contention for the opposition, with concerns raised about worker welfare, safety, and work-life balance.

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The Industries Minister Thangam Thennarasu stated that the total working hours would remain unchanged. However, workers would have the option to work four days a week and take three days off, which could benefit women workers.

The Labour Welfare Minister C V Ganesan also mentioned that the three days off would be paid leave, and the existing rules regarding leaves, overtime, and salaries would remain the same. The government would take action against any factories that forced their employees to work against their will.

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