Unchahar tragedy: Loss of lives and grave injuries to workers a dark blot in NTPC’s track record

The Centre for Financial Accountability’s (CFA’s) report, “The Dark Side of NTPC: A Critical Look at the Social and Environmental Footprints of NTPC”, seeks to point towards how, one of the four avaratnas of India, a Fortune 500 company, National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), which claims to have played, for over four decades, a pivotal … More Unchahar tragedy: Loss of lives and grave injuries to workers a dark blot in NTPC’s track record

Unemployment among youth, higher educated 16%, jobs between 2013 and 2015 shrank by 7 million

Excerpts from the study, “State of Working India 2018”, prepared by the Centre for Sustainable Employment, Azim Premji University, Bengaluru: Growth creates fewer jobs than it used to. A 10 per cent increase in GDP now results in less than 1 per cent increase in employment. Even as GDP growth rates have risen, the relationship … More Unemployment among youth, higher educated 16%, jobs between 2013 and 2015 shrank by 7 million

India’s 62 million workers are still paid less than the indicative national minimum wage

By Diya Banerjee* While India’s economy in the past two decades has seen an annual average GDP rate of 7% – low pay and inequality persist according to the India Wage Report: Wage policies for decent work and inclusive growth, published by the International Labour Organization (ILO). The NSSO estimates also indicate that the real … More India’s 62 million workers are still paid less than the indicative national minimum wage

In two months after SC order, government does little to ensure timely payment of NREGA wages

NREGA Sangharsh Morcha statement on government failure to implement the Suprement Court order to ensure timely payment of NREGA wages: On 18 May, the Supreme Court in the Swaraj Abhiyan Public Interest Litigation (PIL) instructed the Central Government to “prepare an urgent time bound mandatory program to make the payment of (National Rural Employment Guarantee … More In two months after SC order, government does little to ensure timely payment of NREGA wages

Despite international trade links, lack of recognition of those labouring in Bijolia’s sandstone quarries

Excerpts from the working paper “Bijolia’s Harvest of Stone: Conditions of Work Among Quarrying Labour in Rajasthan” by Anumeha Yadav, published by Centre for Sustainable Employment, Azim Premji University: Bijolia in Rajasthan’s Bhilwara district lies at the heart of massive deposits of Lower Red and Blue Bhander sandstone deposits of the Vindhyan and Trans-Aravalli-Vindhayan ranges, … More Despite international trade links, lack of recognition of those labouring in Bijolia’s sandstone quarries

12,000 workers demand increase in NREGA wages: ‘Before they ask for vote, we ask for our rights’

By James Herenj, Tara Mani Sahu and Mamta Lakra*  On May 1, International Workers Day or “Mazdoor Diwas” was celebrated across Jharkhand by collectives of individuals and organisations, culminating a week-long series of intensive activities. Thousands of workers gathered in over twenty five blocks across Jharkhand including Kisko (Lohardaga), Chattarpur (Palamu), Manika and Mahuadandh (Latehar), … More 12,000 workers demand increase in NREGA wages: ‘Before they ask for vote, we ask for our rights’

Ahmedabad women construction workers clock in 17 hrs of work a day, affecting physical, mental state

By Mahesh Gajera* Women construction workers clock in 17 hours of work a day – across construction sites, in their households, and in accessing basic facilities – leading to adverse consequences for their physical and mental well-being. Over the course of these 17 hours, they walk 10 kilometres, and lift and carry 3,000 kilograms. They … More Ahmedabad women construction workers clock in 17 hrs of work a day, affecting physical, mental state