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

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Invisible Workers Reach International Heights

International Heights ALTHOUGH there is a great deal of lip- service paid to the plight of unorganised sector workers, very little is actually done for them. It is extremely difficult to organise these workers, and those organisations that have, against all odds come up usually can operate only at the local or state level rarely possessing enough clout to ensure the enforcement of National Laws to protect these workers. The Construction Workers Protection Bill, for example, has still not been enacted by parliament, in spite of countrywide agitations by construction workers and repeated assurances by the concerned minister. The Agriculture Workers Act has met a similar fate in spite of the strong recommendations of the National Commission on Rural Labour. There has been no progress on the Home-based Workers Protection and Welfare Bill, which was introduced in parliament as a private member's bill in 1989 and withdrawn on the assurance of the minister that it would actually be brought in as a government bill.

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