New labour laws in India will not adequately protect workers

Dr. Priti Narayan, whose current research focuses on urban politics in Chennai, writes with R Geetha, an adviser to the Unorganised Workers’ Federation:

“The ongoing two-week lockdown in Tamil Nadu has yet again brought attention to the plight of workers from other states who were left without a job, and forced to walk back home when the first lockdown was announced in 2020.

In the time since, the Union government passed three labour code bills on Industrial Relations (IR), Social Security (SS) and Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions (OSHWC) in 2020. These new laws have made all workers across sectors more vulnerable, especially guest workers and construction workers.”

Read the piece in full at The Times of India.