Worrisome to think about the challenge if Covid-19 gets transmitted to working class population

Letter to Anil Mukim (IAS), Chief Secretary, Government of Gujarat, by Vipul Pandya, General Secretary, Baandhkam Mazdur Sangathan, Ahmedabad, regarding financial package for the livelihood support of the workers from unorganised sector during the lockdown imposed by the State in order to prevent Covid19 transmission: In the wake of the rapid transmission of the Corona … More Worrisome to think about the challenge if Covid-19 gets transmitted to working class population

Salt pan workers of Tuticorin suffer silently with dwindling incomes, lack of adequate support

By Mahera Dutta*   Light from the scorching sun gleamed on crystalline salt heaps stretching across saltpans in Rajapandi Nagar. The edges and walls of the many wheat colored makeshift straw huts were bleached white with salt. The onshore breeze was the only respite from the heat. A distant chatter of the salt pans workers … More Salt pan workers of Tuticorin suffer silently with dwindling incomes, lack of adequate support

Maharashtra cane-cutters: Women, children face hardest brunt of exploitative conditions

Excerpts from “Human Cost of Sugar Living and Working Conditions of Migrant Cane-cutters in Maharashtra” an Oxfam discussion paper: Approximately 80% of the population in Marathwada is dependent on agriculture and animal husbandry for their livelihood. These are the only sources of sustained earnings for the community. However, prolonged drought over the years has led … More Maharashtra cane-cutters: Women, children face hardest brunt of exploitative conditions

Govt approach to social security to unorganised sector workers is welfare and not rights based

After years of deliberations, the Government of India has circulated a draft social security code, a key labour law proposal that seeks to amalgamate a clutch of existing laws and proposes several new initiatives including universal social security for unorganized sector workers. Besides, it also proposes corporatization of existing organizations like EPFO and ESIC headed … More Govt approach to social security to unorganised sector workers is welfare and not rights based

ILO resolution on statistics on Work, Employment, Labour Underutilization: Implementation issues

By Indira Hirway* The ILO Resolution on Statistics on Work, Employment and Labour Underutilization (19th ICLS), passed in 2013, aims to set new standards for work statistics to guide countries in updating and integrating their existing statistical programmes in the field. It defines statistical concept of work for reference purposes and provides operational concepts, definitions … More ILO resolution on statistics on Work, Employment, Labour Underutilization: Implementation issues

India has criminalised modern forms of slavery, but bonded labour practices are still prevalent

By Gajal Gupta* In July 2019, newspapers across India featured a shocking photograph of ‘Kasi’, an elderly man begging at the feet of officials who had come to rescue him and over 40 other adults and children from being allegedly trapped in bonded labour at woodcutting units in Tamil Nadu. Newspapers reported that many of those … More India has criminalised modern forms of slavery, but bonded labour practices are still prevalent

Construction workers’ safety is at the bottom of the priority list of builders, contractors, engineers

By Vipul Pandya* The construction sector in India is the country’s second-largest economic segment after agriculture. It employs more than 40 million people, contributing nearly 8% to the national GDP. According to an industry estimate, the Indian construction industry is worth Rs 9,000 billion. Prior to the global economic crisis in 2008, the industry grew … More Construction workers’ safety is at the bottom of the priority list of builders, contractors, engineers