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Tamil Nadu set to make 'right to sit' a workplace law; a look at how Kerala women won battle three years ago
India

Tamil Nadu set to make 'right to sit' a workplace law; a look at how Kerala women won battle three years ago

The Kerala Shops and Commercial Establishments (Amendment) Act, 2018, was passed in December 2018, guaranteeing improved working conditions in commercial shops

Sanitation is gendered occupation: How to get one step closer to making it inclusive in India
India

Sanitation is gendered occupation: How to get one step closer to making it inclusive in India

Social barriers along with inadequate up-skilling opportunities have limited the participation of women sanitation workers across the sanitation value chain.

Centre defers labour codes implementation beyond 1 April; take-home pay, PF liability unchanged
Business

Centre defers labour codes implementation beyond 1 April; take-home pay, PF liability unchanged

"Since the states have not finalised the rules under four codes, the implementation of these laws is deferred for the time being," a govt source told PTI

In South Korea, Asian migrant workers face exploitation at work, in absence of labour law protection
World

In South Korea, Asian migrant workers face exploitation at work, in absence of labour law protection

Activists and workers say migrant workers in Pocheon work 10 to 15 hours a day, with only two Saturdays off per month. They earn around US$ 1,300-1,600 per month, well below the legal minimum wage their contracts are supposed to ensure.

Over 25 cr workers participate in nationwide strike, complete shutdown in Kerala, Assam: Trade unions
India

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
Business

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
Arts & Culture

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
India

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
India

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
India

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
Business

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
India

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
India

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
Business

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
Business

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
Business

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
Business

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
Business

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
India

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
Business

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.