ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Consequences of Blindsiding the Informally Employed

Employment, incomes, and the bargaining power of the informally employed, who form 86% of workers in the Indian economy, have been repeatedly impoverished due to disruptions like demonetisation and the lockdown. This article presents additional evidence from a survey of the stranded interstate migrant workers, informally employed in the city of Pune. The lockdown worsened the already depressed labour markets for the informal workers, as it affected their employment, incomes, savings, and well-being. The majority of the workers being from the socially marginalised castes faced multiple vulnerabilities, along with their dependents.

Permanently Temporary

Despite their stellar role during the COVID-19 pandemic, ASHA workers face neglect and discrimination by a callous government that draws upon the free labour of women. It is therefore not surprising that the ASHA workers’ unions are today one of the most militant organisations of women and form a substantial part of the trade union movement in the country.

Locked Down, Trapped and Abandoned Migrant Workers in Pune City

A survey of workers in Pune city who were waiting to go back home after the national lockdown was first announced shows their plight and living conditions. Its findings provide valuable insights on what migrant workers need and what the policy decisions regarding them should consider.

Organising Domestic Workers in Pune City

This paper traces the development of the Pune Zilla Ghar Kamgar Sanghatana and the strategies it adopted to create worker consciousness among domestic workers. It also examines the nature of the demand for and supply of paid domestic work in Pune, besides discussing the plight of these workers. Further, in recent years, state policies have made formal commitments to worker welfare without actually providing anything substantive to domestic workers.

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