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Online Gig Workers, Lifesavers During COVID-19 Pandemic in India, Have Precarious Lives

Online 'freelance' workers, such as those working with app-based services, kept Indian cities going during the harsh COVID-19 lockdown. But they remain vulnerable to exploitation and uncertainty.

Is 2016 a Prudent Choice for India’s New CPI-Industrial Workers Base Year?

The Labour Bureau's choice of a new base year, and the manner and timing of the change, raises more than one pertinent questions.

India’s New OSHW Code Appreciates Migrant Workers’ Realities, but Fails To Ensure Comprehensive Protection

The Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code (OSCHWC), 2020 takes into account ground realities of present-day migration landscape, but remains limited in scope.

What Durga Puja During COVID-19 Pandemic Tells Us About Artisans

Time and again, artisans have crafted idols of Goddess Durga to make a point about social justice. Yet, these artisans are themselves one of the most underpaid segments of India's informal economy.

Health Wearables Can Threaten Right To Privacy, but India Is Drafting New Laws To...

Surging sales of health wearables in India have triggered concerns about individual data security. A set of new laws aims to allay these.

The Industrial Relations Code Weakens the Bargaining Power of Indian Trade Unions

In India, trade union growth and bargaining power have weakened over the last three decades in India. Certain provisions in the new industrial relations law will only worsen the situation.

Children Face Heightened Risk of Child Labour Due To COVID-19 Pandemic in India

The ongoing pandemic has exacerbated the risk of child labour for children from vulnerable sections of the population.

How India Missed the ‘Equal Pay for Equal Work’ Bus Last Year

The Code on Wages 2019 missed a glaring opportunity to formalise the Indian labour market, and in the process, ended up reinforcing critical pay gaps.

Miseries of India’s Construction Workers Won’t End, Thanks To a Lax Protection Regime

Construction workers contribute significantly to the national formal economy, but themselves remain perennially informal. This needs to change.

The Closure of Assam’s Iconic Paper Mills Have Pushed Workers To the Brink

With the NCLT waiting to decide the fate of the two now-shuttered paper mills at Nagaon and in Cachar, workers who have been left in the lurch want the government to act.