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Azim Premji Bats For Worker Rights, Says Labour Laws Are Not Among "Industry's Top Constraints"

-TheWire.in In an op-ed, the IT services billionaire has said that diluting "already lax laws" will exacerbate conditions of low-wage earners. New Delhi: IT services firm Wipro founder Azim Premji on Saturday said he was shocked to learn of recent decisions taken by various state governments to weaken labour laws. In an op-ed in the Economic Times, the Indian billionaire argued that the dilution of “already lax laws” would not boost economic activity. “This...

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Legislation a must to ensure workers aren’t denied salaries during pandemic -Kabeer Shrivastava

-The Telegraph Morality forbids what the law doesn’t: For now, employers should follow this adage and pay due wages It’s one of the Covid-19 lockdown’s most tragic side-effects: employers forced to suspend business operations, leaving them without the cashflow to pay their employees. And often, the workers not getting paid are those earning Minimum Wages that have no cash reserves to fall back on. These people who are getting hit the hardest...

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An open-ended, expanded employment guarantee at Minimum Wages should be its centrepiece -Nikhil Dey and Aruna Roy

-The Indian Express It is a cruel irony that after the sacrifice they have been asked to undertake, they don’t even get the safety of physical distancing. Workers have lost hard-won rights, despite labour being the biggest contributor to the Indian growth story. There are no labour-day rallies, celebrations or meetings this year as everyone is under lockdown, fighting the coronavirus through physical distancing. Nevertheless, it is a day for totting up...

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Amid COVID-19 Effects, Executive Orders To Fast-Track Labour Codes -Sunil Prabhu

-NDTV Amid an expected global downturn of economy following the COVID-19 pandemic and the related lockdown, the outlook for India has been particularly gloomy. New Delhi: The coronavirus and the subsequent lockdown has pushed the government to take the ordinance route to formulate three of the four labour codes it is planning. The codes have already been introduced in parliament. One of them - the code on wages, which clubs together the...

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FM’s announcement of Rs 1.7 lakh crore in the wake of COVID-19, is less than half of the Rs. 3.75 lakh crores required to fulfill the minimal “emergency measures”, convey concerned citizens & grassroots activists

-Press releases by NREGA Sangharsh Morcha dated 26th March, 2020 Civil society activists and concerned citizens have responded to the emergency measures that were announced by the Finance Minister on 26th March, 2020 for the poor, the vulnerable and the migrant & informal workers. An open letter by NREGA Sangharsh Morcha -- an umbrella organisation of CSOs and social activists working for the unorganised sector and MGNREGA workers -- has been issued...

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