Independent researcher Sourindra Ghosh writes on the Maruti-Suzuki labour incidents - "Unfortunately, this is the industrialization model of India – which at any cost opposes the constitutionally granted workers’ right to unionise, uses any opportunity to break and de-recognise trade unions, and imposes un-constitutional conditions like in this case by MSIL that MSWU will not be affiliated to any Central Trade Union. It is the duty of the State and the Government to see that the law of the land is followed and protected. In this case, the first step in that direction would be to set-up a free and independent inquiry to look into the matter. "
The Centre of Indian Trade Unions, Karnataka, held a four-day delegation against the callous and consistently anti-people policies of the State and Central Governments. This dharna, which mobilised workers from across the State, focussed on several critical issues that affect the working class – wages, price rise and inflation. Workers from trade unions, affiliated to the CITU, from across the State participated in the dharna.
The 2009-10 major round NSSO employment-unemployment survey figures released in the last week has raised quite a few eyebrows. The latest estimates show sharp decline in the labourforce participation rates (sum of employed and unemployed to population ratio, LFPR) and work participation rates (employed to population ratio, WPR) in the last five years.The article is an attempt to explain the fall in LFPR for women in particular.
"The coming together of the workers and ‘reserve labour’ will set the stage for decisive battles against imperialist exploitation. The beginnings of this have been seen in Latin America throughout the past decade and more recently in Europe and the Arab world", argues Prasenjit Bose, in a paper presented in a Conference on "Accumulation, Immiserisation and Development" in JNU on March 7, 2011.
Moneylenders and sexual harassers in Namakkal district run into spirited opposition from a communist activist. Their response - brutal murder. An article on martyr Veluchamy who was killed for taking up cudgels for women harassed by lumpen money lenders in Tamil Nadu.
Economist Venkatesh Athreya delivered an inaugural lecture during the national seminar "The Working Class Movement in India- Past,Present,Future" on September 24-25, 2009 at at the University of Mumbai. Pragoti carries the text of the lecture as a story.
''The massive unorganized sector, which contributes some 60% of GDP beyond the regulative and protective reach of the state, is one of the four most distinctive features of Indian capitalism. An audit of Indian labour must focus on the workers in this sector. A second feature is the unskilled nature of much work, with employers relying on casual labour and flexible employment practices, so attaching little importance to training and the development of skills. A third distinctive feature is the absolute poverty of workers. Fourth,most work may be unregulated by the state but the markets for their labour are far from ‘unstructured’. Work is organized through social institutions such as caste and gender. Capitalism is not dissolving this matrix of social institutions but reconfiguring them slowly, unevenly and in a great diversity of ways. Barbara Harriss White and Nandini Gooptu write in this article in the Socialist Register.