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Govt looks to launch new index ranking states by their labour standards

The index is aimed to promote 'healthy competition' between states to improve labour welfare, productivity, social security coverage, and more

Govt looks to launch new index ranking states by their labour standards
Updated On : 26 Jun 2024 | 12:27 PM IST

Taking the heat off: A thought for workers toiling at sweltering sites

Peak summer is also peak production time, but the mandated SOPs and heat action plans offer little respite

Taking the heat off: A thought for workers toiling at sweltering sites
Updated On : 15 May 2024 | 10:57 PM IST

Centre, states need to come together on big reforms in labour, land: CII

The Centre and states need to come together to pursue big-ticket reforms in labour and land sectors to accelerate growth, CII President R Dinesh said on Thursday. A survey by CII, he further said, expects the Reserve Bank of India to cut benchmark interest growth in the second quarter (July-September). The RBI has been holding the repo rate at 6.5 per cent since February 2023. In an interview with PTI, the CII President shared the industry body's perspective on reforms needed to realise India's growth potential to the fullest. "From CII's side when we look at accelerating the rate of growth or making sure we are able to seize the opportunities we are being presented today, broadly we are speaking about 3-4 areas, first you look at big-ticket reforms that are land, labour and to a certain extent agriculture," Dinesh said. He highlighted the importance of building a consensus across all states. Towards this, he said, CII has suggested, a structure which can make the Centre and the .

Centre, states need to come together on big reforms in labour, land: CII
Updated On : 11 Apr 2024 | 8:21 PM IST

LIVE: 'Govt, transporters agreed workers will resume work immediately'

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LIVE: 'Govt, transporters agreed workers will resume work immediately'
Updated On : 02 Jan 2024 | 10:36 PM IST

TCS get notice from Maharashtra labour dept for employee transfer practices

Group representing Indian IT workers alleges company harassing employees who oppose 'forced transfers'

TCS get notice from Maharashtra labour dept for employee transfer practices
Updated On : 01 Jan 2024 | 11:41 PM IST

Nobel Peace laureate Muhammad Yunus convicted, to face jail in Bangladesh

Yunus was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2006 for pioneering the use of microcredit and lifting millions out of poverty

Nobel Peace laureate Muhammad Yunus convicted, to face jail in Bangladesh
Updated On : 01 Jan 2024 | 10:25 PM IST

Volkswagen-sanctioned audit finds no signs of forced labour at China plant

An audit commissioned by Volkswagen has found no indication of forced labour at its plant in China's Xinjiang region, where Western governments have accused the Chinese government of human rights violations against the Uyghur ethnic minority. The German automaker has come under fire for operating in Xinjiang, a remote western region that borders Central Asia. The US government has blocked imports from Xinjiang unless it can be proven that the products were not made with forced labour. The auditor, Loening Human Rights and Responsible Business, conducted 40 interviews and was able to inspect the factory freely, said Markus Loening, a former German human rights commissioner who founded the consultancy. We could not find any indications or evidence of forced labour among the employees, he said in remarks provided by Volkswagen from a media briefing in Germany on Tuesday. China launched a harsh crackdown in Xinjiang around 2017 in response to a series of bombings, knifings and other .

Volkswagen-sanctioned audit finds no signs of forced labour at China plant
Updated On : 06 Dec 2023 | 4:01 PM IST

70-hr work raises compliance issues, violates labour laws: TeamLease VP

A 70-hour work week could raise compliance issues as it violates labour laws, a senior official of staffing company TeamLease said on Friday. "If somebody is spending 70 hours (in office), they are going beyond 9 hours. There is a fundamental disconnect, when you are an employee labour law allows you to work 9 hours," Vice President and Business Head for TeamLease Degree Apprenticeship Dhriti Prasanna Mahanta said. Former Infosys CEO N R Narayana Murthy had recently advocated for a 70-hour work week, drawing reactions from across the spectrum. The cost of employment, if a 70-hour work week is made possible, will also increase, and in a lot of places you are not allowed to pay overtime, he said. He pointed that this works for entrepreneurs and self-motivated individuals but cannot be accepted due to labour law compliance norms in place. Speaking to PTI on hiring trends, Mahanta said around 65 per cent of the demand is coming from non-tech sectors for job roles in AI, machine learni

70-hr work raises compliance issues, violates labour laws: TeamLease VP
Updated On : 03 Nov 2023 | 10:57 PM IST

Female labour force participation rate reaches 37% in 2023: Research

This growth reflects a positive shift in the country's labour force dynamics, with more women participating actively in the workforce

Female labour force participation rate reaches 37% in 2023: Research
Updated On : 13 Oct 2023 | 4:02 PM IST

Andaman admin to complete granting financial benefits to daily labourers

The Andaman and Nicobar administration is expediting the process of granting financial benefits to 4,000 left-out daily rated mazdoors (DRMs) by November 30 as per directions of the Supreme Court, a senior official said. After being snubbed by Calcutta High Court for non-compliance of its order in releasing benefits to the DRMs, Lt. Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Admiral D K Joshi (Retd.), in an order on August 11, granted financial benefits of 1/30th pay plus Dearness Allowances (DA) to nearly 4,000 DRMs from 2017. The senior administrative official told PTI, "We are taking care of the DRM issue as we have to complete the task by November 30 this year. We are working on expediting the process of granting financial benefits to nearly 4,000 left-out DRMs." Andaman Sarvajanik Nirman Vibhag Mazdoor Sangh, an association of DRMs, moved the Calcutta High Court, accusing the island administration of not granting them financial benefits despite a 2017 high court order. On August

Andaman admin to complete granting financial benefits to daily labourers
Updated On : 19 Aug 2023 | 12:16 PM IST

German law on forced labour to have little impact on India's trade: GTRI

The German law to prohibit forced labour and protect human rights in global business supply chains will have little impact on India's trade with the European country as India already has comprehensive rules to deal with these issues, according to a report by think-tank GTRI. Germany has banned forced labour and other labour law violations in its supply chains extending within and outside Germany. The law called the Supply Chain Due Diligence Act (SCDDA), came into effect on January 1 this year. It applies to firms with more than 3,000 employees. These include German firms and foreign firms doing business with Germany. This means that it covers a significant number of companies in Germany, and it will likely have a considerable impact on how these companies do business. Smaller firms will be covered under the law from January 2024. The SCDDA may have little impact as India already has comprehensive labour laws prohibiting child labour, forced labour, and workplace discrimination,

German law on forced labour to have little impact on India's trade: GTRI
Updated On : 17 Jul 2023 | 1:33 PM IST

Bihar Guv Arlekar inaugurates G20 labour engagement group meet in Patna

Bihar Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar inaugurated a labour engagement group meeting of G20 here on Thursday. Altogether 173 delegates from 28 countries are participating in the conference. Apart from the G20 countries, India, as part of its presidency, has invited Bangladesh, Egypt, Mauritius, Netherlands, Nigeria, Oman, Nepal and the United Arab Emirates to join the meeting. Welcoming the delegates, the governor said, I am proud to see you in Bihar. The dignitaries present here represent around 75 per cent of the total population, which is a moment of pride for Bihar. He also highlighted the historical significance of the eastern state. The history of Bihar goes back thousands of years. It is a land of knowledgewhere students from different nationalities used to seek knowledge at Nalanda University. Vaishali too is considered as the mother of democracy," he said. Addressing the gathering, Labour-20 (L-20) chairman Hiranmay Pandya said, I want to assure you that L20 will not

Bihar Guv Arlekar inaugurates G20 labour engagement group meet in Patna
Updated On : 22 Jun 2023 | 4:33 PM IST

Modern Times redux

When trust is broken and management is dehumanised, there are no winners in the end

Modern Times redux
Updated On : 29 May 2023 | 10:29 PM IST

How flexibility of labour laws could become a double-edged sword for states

Tamil Nadu walks back a key labour law amendment introducing flexibility in work hours that would have benefited foreign manufacturers with export targets, such as Apple's vendors

How flexibility of labour laws could become a double-edged sword for states
Updated On : 03 May 2023 | 5:18 PM IST

Labour laws' fairness challenge

Just having a 12-hour workday does not necessarily constitute exploitation. If implemented properly and without causing harm to workers, it could create a win-win situation

Labour laws' fairness challenge
Updated On : 01 May 2023 | 10:16 PM IST

Labour Day 2023: History, Evolvement, Importance, Celebration of day

May 1st is generally celebrated as Labour Day 2023 and a holiday globally that perceives the achievements of the labour movement

Labour Day 2023: History, Evolvement, Importance, Celebration of day
Updated On : 01 May 2023 | 12:27 PM IST

International Labour Day: Celebrations, history, and all you need to know

Labour Day celebrations are associated with socialist political movements around the world that demand equity in the workplace

International Labour Day: Celebrations, history, and all you need to know
Updated On : 01 May 2023 | 10:38 AM IST

Here's why India's gig workforce is still outside purview of basic benefits

The Social Security Code of 2020 offered guidelines to companies for gig work

Here's why India's gig workforce is still outside purview of basic benefits
Updated On : 29 Mar 2023 | 10:42 PM IST

L20 adopts joint statement on universalisation of social security

The inception meeting will be followed by an L-20 summit in June before the G-20 labour ministers meeting in the latter part of the year

L20 adopts joint statement on universalisation of social security
Updated On : 20 Mar 2023 | 11:18 PM IST

'Three deaths every day': Labour safety under construction in India

As many as 3,331 deaths were recorded between 2018 and 2020, but only 14 people were imprisoned for offences under the Factories Act, 1948, during the same period, reveals data

'Three deaths every day': Labour safety under construction in India
Updated On : 29 Jan 2023 | 10:23 PM IST