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

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Two Sides of the Contract Labour Coin

Migration and Precariousness

This study seeks to contribute to a better understanding of precarious employment, highlighting its association with migration through the prism of the private security industry in Goa. In light of rising social anxiety about poor, disenfranchised migrants in India, this article explores the political-economic conditions that give rise to their precarious employment, highlighting the prevalent practice of subcontracting and the associated lax regulation, which render workers vulnerable to exploitation. The research illustrates the power that the state wields, not only in regulation and law enforcement, but also as a principal employer. It concludes with recommendations for policy and action that can lead to greater protection of workers in precarious employment.

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