Over 25 cr workers participate in nationwide strike, complete shutdown in Kerala, Assam: Trade unions
The day-long strike has been called by a joint platform of ten central trade unions to protest against the Centre's new farm and labour laws, among other workers' issues
Finance ministry report says structural reforms will ensure long-term growth, cites laws on labour, farm produce
The 'enabling policy environment' and initiatives taken by all stakeholders to seize the available opportunities will actualise growth potential, the report said
Broken Foot, an exhibition featuring 60 artists, records socio-political fallout of India's migrant workers crisis
In the absence of an official, comprehensive record of the coronavirus lockdown-triggered exodus, an exhibition curated by artists Rumi Samadhan and Prabhakar Kamble foregrounds and responds to the Indian migrant's long journey home.
India's migrant workers are protesting erasure of their rights amid lockdown. A mapping project documents their resistance
The dominant narratives portray India's migrant workers as perpetual victims without agency, who need to be helped out by others. This charity framework misses a crucial dimension of the current crisis, where there have been hundreds of instances where migrant workers came onto the roads protesting the injustices being meted out to them, trying to change the oppressive conditions in which they are forced to live.
As human rights crisis brews in Assam's tea plantations, businesses must step up to end cycle of deprivation
To make a significant impact on the human rights of Assam's tea plantation workers, businesses need to move away from the window dressing approach of corporate social responsibility (CSR) that allows them to cherry-pick issues that they wish to address. They must move to a more robust and systematic approach — one that places the protection of human rights at its core.
Suspension of labour laws by UP, MP, Gujarat crushing workers’ rights, says Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh national general secy Virjesh Upadhyay
If the state governments really wanted to bring reforms, first they should have focussed on the poor labourers, says BMS national general secretary Virjesh Upadhyay.
Trade unions to go on strike on 22 May to protest against labour laws suspension; seek immediate relief to stranded workers
While Uttar Pradesh suspended major labour laws, Madhya Pradesh has tweaked some rules amid the lockdown to spur economic activities.
Coronavirus Outbreak: PIL filed in SC against Gujarat, UP and MP govts' decision to exempt industrial units from labour welfare law
A PIL was filed in the SC challenging the decisions of Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh for exempting industrial units from labour welfare statutes and allowing them to increase daily and weekly working hours and depriving workers of their right to move courts on the ground of COVID-19 pandemic
Urban India didn't care about migrant workers till 26 March, only cares now because it's lost their services: P Sainath
P Sainath, founder of People's Archive of Rural India (PARI) and Ramon Magsaysay Award recipient, has chronicled the migrant condition for several decades. In an interview, he details the current situation of workers, and the possible way forward
UP, MP ease labour laws: India needs to ride this wave focussing on employee health, safety and correct 'miserable' record in this matter
Labour regulations such as 8 hours work days were brought in after years of protests against exploitation.
Coronavirus Outbreak: Over 1.25 bn jobs at stake; Asia-Pacific region to see greatest loss in work hours, says ILO
Over 1.25 billion workers are seeing their livelihoods threatened by the COVID-19 pandemic, the United Nations said on Tuesday, warning it was the "worst global crisis" since World War II.
Nirmala Sitharaman is right; economy is not in a recession yet, but that doesn’t take away pain of slowdown from households
A growth slowdown is, of course, a better scenario as compared to the state of recession, just like a recession is always better than a complete collapse of an economy.
Labour reforms: Govt to merge 13 central laws into single code; passage of Bill likely in Budget session
The government will push the Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions (OSH) Code in the Budget session of Parliament for approval, said Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar on Wednesday
IIP contracts for second consecutive month: Economy goes into a tailspin; $5 tn target is distant dream unless out-of-box measures are taken now
The signs of further weakness in the Indian economy are emerging from every high-frequency data indicator.
Firstpost Explains: A look at the benefits, provisions of Worker Safety Code Bill and current scenario in India
Union Cabinet approved for the introduction of the Code on Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Bill, 2019. The proposal aims to enhance the coverage of the safety, health and working conditions provisions compared to the current scenario. The bill will merge the already existing 13 labour laws into a single code.
Economic Survey 2019 presents good overview, but should not be read as precursor to Sitharaman's maiden Budget
The Economic Survey also takes a view that the NPA issue is behind us and hence banks can now lend.
Union Budget 2019: Private investors are doing the vanishing act; will Nirmala Sitharaman pull a trick to lure them back?
The government needs to lure private investors back into India through a combination of measures including tax sops and change in land and labor laws.
The Centre and state governments need to pursue labour law reforms as these are necessary for improving investment and generating employment, said SBI in its research report 'Ecowrap' on Thursday
India to see 'big-bang' reforms in Narendra Modi's second term; govt may privatise or shut 42 PSUs: NITI Aayog VC
The reforms will include changes in labour laws, privatisation moves, and creation of land banks for new industrial development, said Rajiv Kumar
In mineral-rich Chhattisgarh, factory employees and farmers are uniting to fight Centre's 'anti-worker' policies
In Chhattisgarh, where voting has concluded for all the 11 Lok Sabha seats, political parties weren't the only ones reaching out to the electorate. Trade unions did their own outreach.