#Stand Up India: Why Indian workers went on strike
India has 46.5 crore workers, of whom 94% are unorganized, with minimal social security. Yet the industry believes it needs to loosen labour laws to create a 'business friendly' atmosphere.
Eleven trade unions called for a nation wide strike on 2 September 2015 to demand two things: implementation of the existing labour laws and punish violations.
The Centre, on its part, took a last minute decision and threw in some sops to the unions. The big ticket offer is a national minimum wage plan, which classifies states into underdeveloped, developing and developed and classifies workers into unskilled, semi-skilled and skilled. So an unskilled worker in an underdeveloped state like Bihar would be paid Rs 7,100 where as a skilled worker in Delhi would earn Rs 20,000. Is this fair redressal?
General Secretary of New Trade Union Initiative Gautam Mody and Independent Law scholar, Usha Ramanathan explain what's angering the working class, what the new sops mean and whether Trade Unions will use this bait to negotiate hard.
Text by Shriya Mohan.