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8 Feb 2024

The Hindu

India: Ahead of elections, activists, labour groups issue statement calling for improved protections of informal workers in manifestos

"Inclusion in election manifestos demanded for a host of proposals for informal workers", 8 February 2024

Activists and representatives from various organisations and labour federations got together...to demand the inclusion of several demands for the informal workforce of the country, in the political manifestos ahead of the parliamentary elections.


The proposals for inclusion in the manifestos include a comprehensive law for informal workers with provisions such as compulsory registration of workers and unions, compulsory recognition guaranteed through secret ballot, collective bargaining right, grievance redressal and dispute resolution.


The organisations represented at the meeting include Women & Transgender JAC, Confederation of Free Trade Unions of India, Transport & Dock Workers Union, National Alliance of People’s Movements, and Working Peoples Charter among others.