National Commission on Labour (1967)||
11.29 Inadequate provision of transport puts the worker to avoidable strain, loss of time and fatigue. The need for improving existing transport facilities is therefore obvious. Though this is normally a function of the State or local authorities, it is commendable that a few employers have provided this facility to their workers. Inasmuch as the location and development of an industry in an area add to the resources of the State and the local bodies, it is incumbent on them to streamline and improve the local transport services to enable the worker to reach his place of work in time. Where transport is provided by the State or the local body, steps should be taken, to the extent feasible to frame the time-table of the service to suit the timings in factories. For the convenience of the workers on night shift, special services should be arranged. In major industrial centres like Bombay and Calcutta, the working hours in different units should be staggered to enable the State or the local body to provide efficient service. We hope that while employers who are already providing this facility will continue to do so, others, particularly those having no housing colonies close to the workplace and those where industry is located away from residential areas, should consider making suitable arrangements. In the case of ports, launches should be provided to workers who are required to work mid-stream.