INTERNATIONAL WORKERS DAY
LABOUR UNDER ATTACK
It takes pain and not pleasure for a worker to survive under vulnerable harsh conditions. The country is at crossroads to make a crucial choice between the demands of industry for labour laws that are in consonance with the constitutional mandate for a welfare state. The need to introduce labour reforms under banner of "Shramev Jayatey" is vague promise to play with livelihood of working class people.
Narendra Modi led BJP government went ahead in full steam to simplify labour laws. Here are some examples-
Indian government ratified International Labour Organization (ILO)
Convention 87 which deals with the right to organization,
Convention 81 says labour inspection system free of external influences. It is being directly violated.
Convention 98 which targets collective bargaining.
Convention 160 of the Labour Statistics Convention 1985. The relevance of labour statistics is seriously undermined by the dominant neoliberal ideology which seeks to cover up and even shut out any evidence its legitimacy.
Under Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Act, 1970, Contract workmen should not be employed to do jobs of a permanent nature. "Even if they were engaged in temporary jobs, they should be paid wages and benefits on a par with that of permanent employees".
Women Worker's rights in unorganized sector are out of ambit of labour laws. There are no labour laws to cover these women who deliver crucial government schemes, such as the Anganwadi Worker and Helper of ICDS (Integrated Child Development Services)
or the Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) of the NRHM (National Rural Health Management).
The chief purpose of Labour " Reforms" is to make labour cheap. Is that the road to salvation?
Long Live Proletariat!