Disruptions in garment supply chains in India on account of the pandemic-induced lockdowns have seriously dented the already-dismal living and working conditions of workers.
From high drop-out rates among children to lack of awareness, migrant workers in Kerala, especially those employed in plantations, face severe challenges in living a dignified life.
The implementation of minimum wages legislation in India remains hamstrung by a host of systemic and practical challenges.
Will regular employment in India be a thing of the past once Fixed Term Employment (FTE) is in place under the proposed Code on Industrial Relations?
Despite policy amendments, large number of women informal sector workers do not have access to any sort of maternity benefit. This is in serious contradiction with international labour standards.
The ISMW Act 1979 has serious limitations in the present context, as the architecture of migration has changed over the years. The COVID-19 crisis necessitates urgent reforms.
It wasn't just the Indian state's inhumanity that caused the migrant worker crisis, but also the very nature of the neoliberal capitalist system.
Currently under review by a parliamentary standing committee, the draft bill misses several key imperatives of the labour economy.
The COVID-19 crisis has been deadly for India's employable youth and small enterprises.
The recent incident where 16 migrant workers were crushed under a train while walking back home shows the failure of the Indian state in easing the distress of the most vulnerable during the COVID-19 lockdown.