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1 January 2008

A cry for help at India's call centers

Author: Rajesh Mahapatra, Associated Press

Call centers and other outsourced businesses -- such as software writing, medical transcription and back-office tasks -- employ more than 1.6 million people in India, mostly in their 20s and 30s. But at this young age, they face sleep disorders, heart...

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22 October 2007

Unions, govt differ over night shifts for women

Author: Saubhadra Chatterji, Prasad Nichenametla, Business Standard [India]

After consultations have dragged on for over two years, trade unions and the government are yet to arrive at a consensus [on amendments to the 1948 Factories Act]. The amendments will allow women to work night shifts (7 p m to 6 a m), benefiting not...

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5 September 2007

HIV testing at BPOs may be illegal [India]

Author: Debjani C Aich, Economic Times [India]

…Media reports recently said a few BPOs [business process outsourcing companies] were examining the possibility of HIV testing at their call centres…Among the various concerns...were whether such testing would be discriminatory to employees and...

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15 May 2007

Indian women angry at curbs on night work

Author: Amy Yee, Financial Times

Attempts to stop women working at night in India’s southern state of Karnataka, which includes the bustling technology hub of Bangalore, are under fire from activists who say the law is discriminatory. The outcry follows moves by Karnataka’s assembly...

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15 May 2007

Karnataka to lift night shift ban for women [India]

Author: Economic Times [India]

Karnataka government on Monday decided to promulgate an ordinance to scrap the law that bans employing women in night shifts, minister for labour and work Iqbal Ansari said. The cabinet on Monday held informal discussions in the face of women...

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15 May 2007

Karnataka, India: Women's groups oppose moves to revive law preventing them from working after 8pm to protect their safety

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23 January 2007

Indian state says tech workers should be able to unionise

Author: AFP

The leader of Kerala state...wants to allow unions to organise in call and software centres there, reversing a promise made by a previous administration...[Kerala] has opened several special economic zones that offer breaks from strict labour laws, in...

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21 May 2006
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Author: Europa Press

Del estudio [de la ONU], titulado “Promoción y protección de los Derechos Humanos”...se han avanzado conclusiones como que las industrias del petróleo, el gas y la minería concentran casi dos tercios de las violaciones de los derechos humanos, las...

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17 May 2006

The Scariest Predators in the Corporate Jungle

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16 May 2006

The Scariest Predators in the Corporate Jungle

Author: Thalif Deen, IPS

The world's oil, gas and mining industries account for nearly two-thirds of all violations of human rights, environmental laws and international labor standards, according to a soon-to-be-released United Nations study. The food and beverages industry...

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