The Central Labour Service (CLS) was formed on 03.02.1987.
Consequent to 1st Cadre Review in October, 2004, the Central Labour Service was constituted as an Organized Group ‘A’ Service with effect from 14.10.2004.
Consequent to 2nd Cadre Review of Central Labour Service in 2013, total sanctioned strength of CLS Officers is revised to 340 posts and distributed amongst four streams viz.
1. Central Industrial Relations Machinery (CIRM)[CLC(C)] – 125 posts
2. Directorate General of Labour Welfare (DGLW) - 42 posts
3. Ministry of Labour & Employment (Main Secretariat) -05 posts
4. Factory Side (Central Pool) Participating establishments under various other Ministries/Departments -168 posts.
Central Labour Service comprises of 05 Grades namely, Junior Time Scale (JTS), Senior Time Scale (STS), Junior Administrative Grade (JAG), Senior Administrative Grade (SAG) and Higher Administrative Grade (HAG).
The Main Functions of CLS Officers are:-
1. Ensuring harmonious industrial relations between the Management and Workers in the Central Sphere.
2. Enforcement of Labour Laws and Rules made there-under in the Central Sphere.
3. Intervention, mediation and conciliation in industrial disputes in order to bring about settlement of disputes.
4. Intervention in situations of threatened strikes and lockouts with a view to avert the strikes and lockouts.
5. Implementation of Labour Welfare Schemes under various Labour Welfare Acts/ Schemes.