India is facing labour unrest against government policies and record high unemployment. In January this year, worker union across India called for a two day Bharat Bandh. An estimated 200 million workers participated in the protest termed Bharat Bandh or India Shutdown held on January 8-9, 2019. According to a leaked government report, India is facing the worst unemployment rates in five decades.
Millions of workers who marched in various cities marked a movement against the government’s labour law reforms that includes privatisation of public sector companies, destroying job security through encouraging contract work, proposed amendments to the Trade Union Act and his failure to address rural distress. Protesters are demanding that the national minimum wage be fixed in accordance with the formula that the 15th ILC declared in 1957 and the right to decent work.
Recently released Oxfam- Workforce Disclosure Initiative (WDI) report highlighted the poor health and safety conditions faced by India’s informal or contract workers, who form more than 92% of India’s 465 million strong workforce.