Court must hear workers before passing order: SC

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Supreme Court of India
New Delhi, Sep 25: The Supreme Court ruled that in case of any dispute the court should compulsorily hear workmen/unions before an order is passed.

"Labour statutes are meant for the benefit of the workmen. Hence, ordinarily in all cases under labour statutes the workmen, or at least some of them in a representative capacity, or the trade-union representing the workmen concerned must be made a party," said a bench of Justices Markandeya Katju and Asok Kumar Ganguly.

The apex court directed the Employees State Insurance (ESI) Court in Travancore to hear certain workers, who were refused medical insurance benefits by the Fertilizers Chemicals Travancore Ltd.

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