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Beyond the holiday on May Day and special programmes glorifying the Labour’s day, let us have a quick tour from the origin to the present scenario of labour since the declaration of labours day.
How it started:
In the beginning of the 19th century, when the industrialization phase reached at its top, the industrialists exploited the labourers in an inhuman way. They were made to work for 15 hours a day or more with no sanitation, no leaves, no proper pay etc.
Slowly the labours started opposing such policy. On 1st May 1886, in a protest of the labours in Haymarket affair in Chicago, there was a strike demanding limitation of working hours to eight hours. Three days later, on 4th May, police tried to disperse a public assembly in support of the demand. Someone from the assembled persons threw a bomb, to which the police replied with firing which lead to death of many workers.
1st May got designated as labours day in honour to the incident. In India, the labour day was celebrated in 1923 for the first time in Chennai, organized by Labour Kisan Party.
Indian Scenario of Labours:
In a report published by International Labour Organisation on 16th November 2017, it was stated that though there has been economic growth over last three decades, Indian labours are being paid a considerably low wage - income of less than INR 198 as per another report in 2018. The wage inequality based on gender, region, social group still continuing.
In another report published by the same organization on 24th January 2018 exposed that the jobs which are created are of poor quality though the economic growth of India is pretty strong. The survey said that 77% of workers in India are going to have an unsecured employment by 2019.
India is one of the leading country having vulnerable employment, is apparent is have an increase in the unemployment rate between 15-24 years old to 10.7% in 2019 compared to 10.5% in 2017.
ILO economist reported that the high rate of unsecured employment in India is the result of structural transformation processes took place in the region.
The Labour Law in India:
There are a number of laws enacted in India to protect the interest of the labours:
Laws to regulate employer-employee relationship -
Laws regulating the rights to get proper payment:
Laws regulating working hours, conditions of services and employment policies:
Laws encouraging women to work:
Laws safeguarding from employees to take disadvantage:
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