The ILO has acted upon a plea by 10 central trade unions earlier this month, objecting to the ordinances proposed to temporarily scrap labour laws in Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat, along with executive orders issued by at least 10 states to increase the daily working limit to 12 hours from eight hours, along with other labour law changes. … [Read more...] about ILO writes to Modi, voices concerns over labour law changes
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May 26 marks the anniversary of the first ever factory strike in the United States, in 1824, at the Slater Mill in Rhode Island. Why should we in 21st Century India bother about a strike that took place long, long ago, in a place far, far away? Because, parts of the country are trying to replicate the very conditions that brought about the strike at Slater Mills. The mill owner decided to extend the working day without any additional pay and cut wages in the weaving department, worked entirely by women, by 25%, on the ground that they had been, out of mistaken generosity, paying them wages that were extravagant for young women. The strike began with 124 young women turning out, as striking work used to be called back then in the US. The Slater Mill management, truth to tell, had it better than what the government of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat had proposed for its employers. Slater could employ children aged at least eight, and make them work 12-hour shifts, the ideal … [Read more...] about View: Will labour reform drive away investment?
The Rajasthan government has restored working hours for factory workers to eight hours per day, according to an official statement. On April 24, the Government had increased working hours to twelve from eight hours per day to reduce the requirement of workers in all the registered factories, in view of the coronavirus pandemic. … [Read more...] about Rajasthan restores working hours to eight in factories
India’s migrant population is over 130 million. Their movement en masse back to their home-states would have been an unmitigated disaster. To prevent this, the Centre turned its attention to agriculture and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). Over 44% of India’s workforce is dependent on agriculture. The government’s decision to allocate Rs 1 lakh crore for farm-gate infrastructure development is to ensure that the workforce is engaged in productive agricultural activity. Of the rest, 70% of jobs are provided by the MSME sector. The government gave the sector high priority by arranging additional easy lending options to the tune of over Rs 400,000 crore. … [Read more...] about Decoding the Centre’s plan for migrant workers | Opinion
Shivanand Tiwary of the Opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal said: “The state government is saying that it will do this and that, but our system is still not that efficient and nor do we have a large pile of resources.” … [Read more...] about Nitish Kumar’s biggest challenge at the moment