Four ways to stop frequent deaths in India’s notorious fireworks factories
An average of 25 workers die in the country’s cracker factories each year ‒ deaths that could easily be avoided, experts say.
Economists fear changes to NREGA but fund squeeze is already curtailing its operations
State governments are beginning to feel the pinch of the Ministry of Rural Development’s cap on spending on the employment guarantee scheme.
Tea plantation workers in Assam (in the northeastern state of India) receive only only Rs 94 per day, whereas their counterparts in Kerala get Rs 254. In fact the state government rate for unskilled daily wage workers stands at Rs 169. State government should ensure payment of minimum wage, says Centre Labourers working in tea plantations across Assam and West Bengal must receive the notified minimum wage, according to Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman. To read more about this: http://scroll.in/article/683629/Labourers-working-in-tea-industry-must-get-minimum-wage,-says-Centre
GurgaonWorkersNews no.62 – March 2014
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Gurgaon in Haryana is presented as the shining India, a symbol of capitalist success promising a better life for everyone behind the gateway of development. At first glance the office towers and shopping malls reflect this chimera and even the facades of the garment factories look like three star hotels. Behind the facade, behind the factory walls and in the side streets of the industrial areas thousands of workers keep the rat-race going, producing cars and scooters for the middle-classes which end up in the traffic jam on the new highway between Delhi and Gurgaon. Thousands of young proletarianised middle class people lose time, energy and academic aspirations on night-shifts in call centres, selling loan schemes to working-class people in the US or pre-paid electricity schemes to the poor in the UK. Next door, thousands of rural-migrant workers up-rooted by the rural crisis stitch and sew for export, competing with their angry brothers and sisters in Bangladesh or Vietnam. And the rat-race will not stop; on the outskirts of Gurgaon, new industrial zones turn soil into over-capacities. The following newsletter documents some of the developments in and around this miserable boom region. It aims at an exchange of workers’ collectives to forge trajectories beyond state and capital. If you want to know more about working and struggling in Gurgaon, if you want more info about or even contribute to this project, please do so via:
23 October 2013: The All India Kabadi Mazdoor Mahasangh organized a meeting on Wednesday, also attended by waste management experts, which thrashed out a set of demands.
via Ragpickers Want Recognition | Terra Urban.
Recently on Terra Urban you read about the manifesto for demands and needs of Urban Poor, presented by Forum of Informal Urban Poor Workers to political parties in Delhi at http://terraurban.wordpress.com/2013/09/30/fiupw-demanding-commitment-for-urban-poor-from-political-parties/ Anâ€œ Assembly of Informal Urban Workersâ€ is being organised on 10thÂ October, 2013 at Indian Constitution Club-Delhi. FIUPW manifesto shall be shared and handed overâ€¦
via Assembly of Informal Urban Workers- 10th October 2013 | Terra Urban.
Urban Forum by Society for Participatory Research in Asia PRIA and Society for the Promotion of Area Resource Centres SPARC
via NPDW fight for a comprehensive legislation | Terra Urban.