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Universal Healthcare: Everybody In, Nobody Out

The recent health crisis in our country stemmed from the lack of availability of oxygen in hospitals. People literally died because they did not get oxygen to breathe. According to official data, as of 15 May 2021 more than 315,000 people have died; unofficial data claim that number of deaths due to this deadly virus […]

The time to organise is NOW!

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it […]

Due Diligence laws to legitimise Globalisation

Due Diligence laws to legitimise GlobalisationOn 10 March 2021, the European Parliament voted for the adoption of a binding European Union (EU) law that requires companies to conduct environmental and human rights due diligence along their entire value chain. Violation of this will invite fines, sanctions and/or civil liability. This law will cover:• large undertakings […]

Battling the monster: Sexual Harassment at Workplace

On 4 March 2021, merely 16 days after a Delhi court’s landmark judgment in M.J. Akbar vs Priya Ramani where the court held that “the right of reputation cannot be protected at the cost of the right of life and dignity of [the] woman”, the Chief Justice of India asked a man accused of raping […]

Do we still have the fundamental right to Freedom of Association?

Article 19(1) of the Constitution states: “All citizens shall have the right … (c) to form associations and unions”. Despite this India has, over the years, resisted ratification of Conventions 87 and 98 of the ILO on the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining. In a PIB release of 2017, the government of […]

Decoding the Occupational Health, Safety and Working Conditions Code – Part III

On the midnight of 14th August 1947, in his speech to the Constituent assembly, Nehru said: “Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world […]

Code on Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions – Decoded (Part II)

In an interview, Mr Santosh Gangwar, the union minister for labour and employment, stated: “The OSH Code seeks to establish a dynamic occupational safety regulatory framework in consonance with the changing technology and working conditions.” This was an extremely well thought out statement made by the minister – the Code truly lays down a ‘dynamic’ […]

Code on Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions – Decoded (Part I)

The Code on Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions replaces:   Following Acts: 1 The Factories Act, 1948 2 The Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Act, 1970 3   The Inter-State Migrant Workmen (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1979 4 The Building and Other Construction Workers (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of […]

Why Not Work From Home?

As the world grapples with the Novel Corona Virus or COVID-19, the internet is replete with stories of how work from home (WFH) is changing work as we know it. The only solution to fight the virus that governments could come up with was lockdown and isolation of people. Across the globe, unplanned and poorly […]

What do workers want – Universal Basic Income or a Job Guarantee Programme?

In India, the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act of 2005 ensured a legal right to all adults in rural areas to access 100 days of manual work per family at a notified wage. This law relatively reduced distress migration from rural areas, increased the prevailing rural wage, set a work standard for rural works, equalised […]

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