The Ministry of labour and employment vide a Notifications dated 18th December 2019, has declared that services engaged in the Iron and Steel industry, which is covered under item 7 of the First Schedule to the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947shall be public utility services for next six months, starting from 20th December 2019.
The Ministry of labour and employment had last extended the public utility status for iron and steel industries for a period of six months vide notification no. S.O. 1935 (E), dated 10th June 2019 with effect from 20th June,2019. In this connection, the Ministry of Labour and Employment said that it is in the public interest the services of these industries covered under First schedules to the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947 are declared as public utility service for another six months, i.e till 20th June 2020.