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India adopts decent work country programme
Feb 08, 2010 Celebrating 90th anniversary, International Labour Organization announced last week the adoption of decent work country programme for India to advance faster and inclusive growth. It aims to empower the disadvantage in selected sectors and states, with emphasis on women workers.
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Exploited and Unsafe: CWG workers need a fair chance
Mar 19, 2010 The Delhi High Court appointed panel, to look into the working conditions of near about 17,000 workers for the Commonwealth Games, have cited concern over lack of minimum wages, adequate accommodation, basic equipment and medical care by government appointed companies. The panel observes workplaces as extremely unclean, unhygienic and unsafe.
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Improving prospects for unskilled NREGA workers
Apr 15, 2010 In an attempt to extend assistance to those in distress but not identified under BPL category, Ministry of Rural Development is considering giving training for self-employment under SGSY by linking it to NREGA. This linking can potentially bring sustainable development by creation of human assets.
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Pakistan to introduce new labour policy on May 1
Apr 22, 2010 The Ministry of Labour and Manpower is set to launch the draft of National Labour Policy and Industrial Relations Act(IRA) on May 1. With an aim to make Pakistan a truly welfare state, the policy would focus on consolidation of laws, advocacy, promotion of basic rights of labour and export of manpower.
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Bangladesh to ratify UN treaty on migrant rights
Apr 28, 2010 Bangladesh's Foreign Ministry has announced to ratify the UN treaty on the protection of migrants enhancing the country's image, as not only a major migrant exporting nation but a caring nation as well. Although activists find the move critical, administrators feel this may help to assert migrants workers rights.
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HC's five points to ensure workers' well being
May 28, 2010 The Delhi High Court has drafted a five-point directive for the state government and other agencies that aims to address the vulnerabilities of Commonwealth Games workers. The high court has evidently stood up for the cause of workers’ welfare after the monitoring committee constituted by the court reported of workers’ exploitation.
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Women 'drive' equality in India
Dec 28, 2009 Defying all norms, Surekha Yadav becomes the first woman to drive a passenger train in a traditionally male-dominated industry. Although India's constitution guarantees equality to all women, differences between the sexes still persist in terms of access to education, health care and even food.
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India: Minimum Wage Act to cover all
Jan 20, 2010 The Indian labour ministry has proposed inclusion of all jobs in the Minimum Wages act with an aim to benefit all 34 crore workers in the unorganised sector.
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Promoting youth employment through skills development
Aug 12, 2013 As the world celebrates International Youth Day, India's biggest challenge remains having a young population that is unemployable due to lack of skills. For the ILO, this is a major focus area and much needs to be done before India's huge youth population goes into a crisis.
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No scheme for Pakistan's informal workers
May 01, 2009 Workers in Pakistan have not received their dues despite the government enacting new laws to improve their lot. A study documenting the state of labour in the country during last year shows that unorganised workers continue to suffer from exploitation, low wages and inadequate social safety nets.
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Forced labour at Commonwealth Games site alleged
May 01, 2009 A civil rights group in its report has said that thousands of workers engaged in Commonwealth Games Village site in Delhi are not being paid even the legally stipulated minimum wages. According to Article 23 of the country's Constitution and a Supreme Court ruling, this amounts to begaar or forced labour.
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India's success story bypasses its unorganised sector
May 14, 2009 India’s National Commission for Enterprises in the Unorganised Sector in its final report has indicated the failure of economic reforms in improving conditions of the working poor. It has found that most of the job growth happened in informal sector, offering neither job nor social security to workers.
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Sexual Harassment at the Workplace Bill: Justice or a cruel joke?
Dec 08, 2010 The Protection of Women against Sexual Harassment at the Workplace Bill 2010 has overlooked a wide range of issues, argues Amrita Nandy. Not only does it exclude domestic workers form its ambit, it proposes to penalise women who fail to provide evidence for “harassment”, which is often hard to provide.
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(Bio)fuelling land acquisitions
Jul 03, 2012 Darryl D'Monte, Chairperson of the Forum of Environmental Journalists of India, in an article says cross-border investments to acquire or lease thousands of hectares of lands are taking place on a big scale globally, and is essentially being driven by the cheaper investment costs of both the labour and land.
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MGNREGA: India to provide skill-development training
Jul 23, 2012 Indian government has decided to provide skill-development training to one member of each family, which has completed 100 man days under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, MGNREGA.
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Rising income inequalities
Oct 16, 2008 ILO’s latest study World of Work Report 2008 finds the income gap between rich and poor households has widened significantly over the years. To boost employment and improve income distribution, the report emphasises a linkage between economic, labour and social policies.
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Ensuring decent wages
Nov 26, 2008 Owing to economic slowdown, people at the bottom of the wage ladder will be squeezed hardest by decreasing rates of pay, says ILO’s Global Wage Report 2008/09. It calls for complementing minimum wages with collective bargaining policies to protect the purchasing power of the most vulnerable.
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Crisis triggering joblessness
Jan 29, 2009 The global recession could cost 50 million people worldwide their jobs, says ILO’s Global Employment Trends Report 2009. Taking forward its decent work agenda, the report calls upon governments to help people through productive investment, income support and active labour market policies.
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Crisis recovery in Asia
Feb 19, 2009 ILO's new report The fallout in Asia: Assessing labour market impacts and national policy responses to the global financial crisis assesses the impact of the crisis in the Asia-Pacific. It highlights fiscal measures that will maximise employment and have a strong multiplier effect on development.
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Crisis fix for women
Mar 10, 2009 In its new publication: Global Employment Trends for Women, ILO warns the economic crisis could generate up to 22 million more unemployed women in 2009. Noting that the downturn has hit women harder, the report says that the trend can be arrested if governments adopt gender equity policies.
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The price of modern slavery
May 12, 2009 Forced labour worldwide amounts to over $20 billion, in terms of lost earnings, says ILO’s new report: The Cost of Coercion. The report presents a new perspective on this insidious practice and suggests implementing integrated policies and programmes to empower those at risk.
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Bangladeshi migrant workers still unwelcome in Malaysia
Nov 30, 2009 Malaysia has turned down a request from Bangladesh to lift an eight-month-old freeze on taking in new Bangladeshi workers. The country in March cancelled the work visas of 55,000 Bangladeshi workers, citing fears of layoffs amid the global recession.
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Indian sports industry: No child's play for some
Oct 14, 2008 A recent study conducted by Delhi based NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan reveals thousands of children involved in stitching footballs and producing other sports goods in India. Even after long hours of work, these child labourers earn 40 times less than the retail price of most items.
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Fishermen for scrapping new coastal management rules
Nov 10, 2008 Fishermen in India say that proposed regulations in the new Coastal Management Zone Notification will harm marine resources and undermine livelihoods of millions. They are asking the government to respect the inalienable rights of fishing communities over coastal lands and waters.
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Campaign demands equal land rights for Pak women
Dec 08, 2008 A cross-country caravan urging for pro-women agricultural policy and equal share in land rights for women farmers was organised by ActionAid in Pakistan. Participants recognised that protecting women's right to land is a key solution to ending exclusion and greater security in times of crisis.
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New law for unorganised workers
Dec 18, 2008 The Indian Parliament has approved the ambitious labour rights bill that aims to extend social security cover and other benefits to the country’s unorganised workforce. Critics, however, feel that the bill lacks details on implementation and is not sufficient as a social protection measure.
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Gulf States deport HIV infected migrants
Dec 22, 2008 Foreign workers in the gulf region fear to get tested for HIV as that means instant deportation. Discriminated by authorities, the migrant labourers are not allowed to buy antiretroviral drugs and are often threatened with lethal injections to force them return home.
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Chinese silk leaves Indian handloom high and dry
Dec 26, 2008 Chinese silk is gradually flooding Indian markets giving the country’s centuries-old handloom industry a run for money. Cheap imitations and lack of government support have forced hundreds of artisans to abandon their traditional profession.
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Sri Lanka: Uncertain labour markets forecast bleak economy
Jan 05, 2009 Shrinking job orders in the Middle East may affect a million workers from Sri Lanka and bring gloom to an economy that depends on overseas income. The World Bank has predicted a fall in global remittances by one percent in 2009.
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Kashmir's lost childhood
Jan 06, 2009 Child labour in Jammu and Kashmir has increased phenomenally in recent years. With many orphaned children in this conflict-ridden north Indian state, a survey has found a clear linkage between militancy and the rise of child labour.
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