In search of a fine balance

As the Centre overhauls labour laws, it's vital to ensure businesses and workers do not take each other for granted

In the glass bangle factories of Firozabad, Uttar Pradesh, there are no lunch breaks; furnaces keep burning. The factories are filthy, the condition of workers miserable, and accidents are common. These findings, among others, are mentioned in Welfare of Glass and Bangle Workers of Firozabad, a report by a Parliamentary standing committee on labour, presented to the Lok Sabha on August 30, 2012. Instances of violent agitations at automobile plants, lockouts at pharmaceutical units and a case of a jute mill chief executive beaten to death in West Bengal are some other pieces of news ...