Section 4 of Industrial Disputes Act 1947
Appointment- Appropriate government may by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint such member of Conciliation as it may deem fit and necessary in the industrial establishment in a specified area, either permanently or for a limited time.
Purpose/Objective- To mediate into and promote a peaceful and amicable settlement of the industrial dispute in the concerned establishment.
The duty of the conciliation officer is not judicial but administrative. He has to hold conciliation proceedings, investigate the disputes and do all such things as he thinks fit for the purpose of inducing the parties to arrive at a fair settlement of the disputes. The conciliation officer is entitled to enter an establishment to which the dispute relates, after reasonable notice and also to call for and inspect any document which he considers relevant. He has to send a report and memorandum of settlement to Appropriate Government. The report by the conciliation officer has to be submitted within 14 days of the commencement of the conciliation proceeding or a shorter period as may be prescribed by the appropriate Government. The conciliation officer has the power to enter the premises as well can call for and inspect documents.
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