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Over three-fourth of workers lost livelihoods since lockdown, finds a national survey of informal workers conducted by ActionAid India

-Press release by ActionAid India dated 13th August, 2020 Out of 11,537 respondents, over three-fourths reported that they had lost their livelihood since the imposition of the lockdown. Close to half of the respondents said that they had not received any income, and about 17 per cent had received only partial wages. Approximately 53 per cent said that they had incurred additional debt during the lockdown. More than half of the...

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Mathadi workers in Maharashtra to join traders' bandh today -Nanda Kasabe

-Financial Express Mathadi leaders Shashikant Shinde and Narendra Patil met Minister for Cooperation and Marketing Subhash Deshmukh and had sought more clarity on the role of commission agents in APMCs as well as transactions on eNAM After traders at Vashi in Maharashtra called for a one-day bandh on Tuesday against the Maharashtra Agricultural Produce Marketing Development and the Regulation Act Ordinance, over 4-5 lakh Mathadi ( workers who carry loads) workers...

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Farmers' protests shake Narendra Modi's 2019 bid as Indian economy slows -Archana Chaudhary

-Livemint.com For Narendra Modi, the protests involving hundreds of thousands of farmers highlight his struggle to deliver on the promises that swept him to power New Delhi: Anger over falling farm incomes has spilled onto streets across a swathe of India’s largest states as farmers struggle with food price deflation and a breakdown of the informal agriculture economy. For Prime Minister Narendra Modi—already grappling with a sharp economic slowdown and looming job cuts...

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Modi government plans universal social security for workers -Arindam Majumder

-Business Standard Scheme to benefit close to 450 million workers, mainly in the unorganised sector  Stung by repeated resistance from trade unions and strikes, the Narendra Modi government plans to launch a massive social security coverage scheme which will benefit almost 450 million workers, mainly in the unorganised sector. In order to achieve this, the government will attempt to create a corpus through which the benefits will be provided. The benefits include...

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India's Labour Unions are learning how to protest -Prashant K Nanda

-Livemint.com Labour Unions are reinventing their strategy to stay relevant in today’s world New Delhi: Ajitesh Pandey, a law student in Calcutta University, is excited about the 2 September strike called by Labour Unions. With almost child-like enthusiasm, the member of the Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), has been sharing pictures, slogans, and details related to the protest with his friends and colleagues. Pandey’s excitement reflects a surprising vibrancy in how unions...

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