Azim Premji Bats For Worker Rights, Says Labour Laws Are Not Among "Industry's Top Constraints"
In an op-ed, the IT services billionaire has said that diluting "already lax laws" will exacerbate conditions of low-wage earners.
New Delhi: IT services firm Wipro founder Azim Premji on Saturday said he was shocked to learn of recent decisions taken by various state governments to weaken labour laws.
In an op-ed in the Economic Times, the Indian billionaire argued that the dilution of “already lax laws” would not boost economic activity.
“This tragedy [death of migrants on train tracks in Aurangabad] is just one of the most wrenching markers of the tremendous misery that hundreds of millions of our fellow citizens are bearing, those who are the weakest and the poorest,”Premji wrote.
“This is the reality we are living through. And so, it was shocking to hear that various state governments, encouraged by businesses, are considering (or have already done so) suspending many of the labour laws that protect workers. This includes laws related to settling industrial disputes, occupational safety, health and working conditions of workers, and those related to minimum wages, trade unions, contract workers, and migrant labourers.”
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TheWire.in, 16 May, 2020, https://thewire.in/labour/labour-law-dilution-lockdown-azim-premji