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Briefing Note for Parliamentarians on Labour Law Reforms

-Press release by Working Peoples' Charter dated 21st September, 2020 Amidst the micro and macro-economic crisis of the last 5 years, the union government has aggressively pushed the agenda of labour law reforms -- purportedly to simplify India’s ‘complex’ labour legislations, improve the business environment, and augment growth and employment. These changes, driven primarily by the business fraternity, have been aimed at improving India’s ranking in the ‘Ease of Doing Business’...

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Indian Migrant Workers in Gulf countries are returning home without months of salary owed to them -Rejimon Kuttappan

-The Hindu Wage theft — non-payment for overtime, denying workers their last pay check after he or she leaves a job, not paying for all of the hours worked, not paying minimum wages — is a trend that often goes unreported Haneesh Kumar P.B., an Indian migrant supervisor in an automobile company in Oman, was told to resign on April 30, along with some 400 colleagues. In all, the company asked around...

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RTI Shows the Government Did Collect Data on Deaths of Migrant Workers During Lockdown -Dheeraj Mishra

-TheWire.in Despite the Indian Railways confirming that at least 80 deaths were recorded on Shramik Special trains, the Centre refused to disclose this data in parliament. New Delhi: During the on-going parliament proceedings that began on Monday for the first time since the coronavirus lockdown was announced, 10 Lok Sabha MPs have posed questions related to the deaths of Migrant Workers. In question 174 (a and b), details were sought regarding the migrant...

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Migrant Workers' deaths: Govt says it has no data. But didn't people die? Here is a list - Mukesh Rawat

-IndiaToday.in The Modi govt has told Parliament it does not have data of Migrant Workers who died during the lockdown. India Today sheds light on data documenting those who died while desperately trying to reach their homes. While presenting the Union Budget 2020 in Parliament on February 1, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman outlined the importance of data and said that in order to meet challenges of real-time monitoring of India's increasingly complex...

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Although govt. avoids providing data on the impact of COVID-19 lockdown, timely intervention by a civil society group working among migrants fills the info gap

-Press Release by Stranded Workers Action Network (SWAN), dated 15th September, 2020 In a recent press release, the Stranded Workers Action Network (SWAN) has revealed that around 971 persons have died during the course of the various lockdowns, as of 4th July 2020. It has also provided the key findings of some recent studies that saw the impact of lockdown and Covid-19 on livelihood security and food security.   To a question...

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