Section 8 Essential Services Maintenance Act, 1981

 Section 8 Essential Services Maintenance Act, 1981: 

Power to prohibit lock-outs in certain establishments. - (1) If the Central Government is satisfied that in the public interest it is necessary or expedient so to do, it may, by general or special Order, prohibit lock-outs in any establishment pertaining to any essential service specified in the Order.

(2) An Order made under sub-section (1) shall be published in such manner as the Central Government considers best calculated to bring it to the notice of the persons affected by the Order.

(3) An Order made under sub-section (1) shall be in force for six months only, but the Central Government may, by a like Order, extend it for any period not exceeding six months if it is satisfied that in the public interest it is necessary so to do.

(4) Upon the issue of an Order under sub-section (1),

(a) no employer in relation to an establishment to which the Order applies shall commence any lock-out;

(b) any lock-out declared or commenced whether before or after the issue of the Order by any employer in relation to an establishment to which the Order applies shall be illegal.


(5) Any employer in relation to an establishment who commences, continues or otherwise acts in furtherance of a lock-out which is illegal under this section, shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months, or with fine which may extend to one thousand rupees, or with both.


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