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

Towards national urban employment guarantee programme, as 20% youth are found to be jobless

Excerpts from the paper “Strengthening Towns through Sustainable Employment: A Job Guarantee Programme for Urban India” by by Amit Basole, Mathew Idiculla, Rajendran Narayanan, Harini Nagendra, Seema Mundoli Amit Basole and Rajendran Narayanan*, and forming as part of the study “State of Working India 2019”, published by the Centre for Sustainable Employment, Azim Premji University, … Continue reading Towards national urban employment guarantee programme, as 20% youth are found to be jobless

Exposure to higher respiratory problem among jute, textile industry workers in eastern Nepal

Excerpts from "descriptive cross-sectional  study" of 315 workers each from textile and jute industry of Eastern Nepal, “Respiratory Disorders among Dust Exposed Workers”, by Suman Bahadur Singh, Swotantra Gautam and Narendra Bhatta (BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal), Gambhir Shrestha (Department of Cancer Prevention, Control and Research, BP Koirala Memorial Cancer Hospital, Bharatpur, … Continue reading Exposure to higher respiratory problem among jute, textile industry workers in eastern Nepal

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