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

Why migrant labourers are employed as sugarcane harvesters by South Gujarat coop sugar factories

Excerpts from the study, “A Bitter Harvest: Seasonal Migrant Sugarcane Harvesting Workers of South Gujarat”, researched and published by Prayas Centre for Labour Research and Action (PCLRA)*: Most of the south Gujarat region, especially of and around the Bardoli zone, has always been considered as an exceptionally prosperous agricultural bloc primarily because of its fertile … More Why migrant labourers are employed as sugarcane harvesters by South Gujarat coop sugar factories

South India’s granite stone workers are vulnerable to debt bondage due to burden of huge advances

Excerpts from “The Dark Sites of Granite: Modern slavery, child labour and unsafe work in Indian granite quarries”, by Glocal Research (Hyderabad), India Committee of the Netherlands (Utrecht) and Stop Child Labour (The Hague): India is one of the top five producers of natural stone worldwide. Around 10% of the natural stone traded on the … More South India’s granite stone workers are vulnerable to debt bondage due to burden of huge advances

Allocate Rs 80,000 crore for MGNREGA to overcome monetary drought mounting every day

By NREGA Sangharsh Morcha As we await the budget allocations for FY 2018-19, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) is facing another monetary drought with liabilities for wage and material payments mounting every day.  MGNREGA is a demand driven law, which means that money should be provided as per demand. However this is not happening. … More Allocate Rs 80,000 crore for MGNREGA to overcome monetary drought mounting every day

Unchahar explosion: Disheartening that names of many missing workers are not on official list

A fact-finding team of three people consisting Awadhesh Kumar of Srijan Lokhit Samiti, Rajesh Kumar and Monalisa Barman from the Delhi Support Group visited the Unchahar NTPC site, situated in Raebareli, Uttar Pradesh, on November 6, to inquire into the massive explosion on November 1, 2017 at the boiler of unit VI killing at least … More Unchahar explosion: Disheartening that names of many missing workers are not on official list