June 9, 2021
44 labour laws have been condensed into four codes on wages, social security, occupational safety and industrial relations. The government claims this will allow flexibility in hiring and layoffs, and make strikes difficult. Activists say they make workers more vulnerable to exploitation. Chandan Kumar, National Coordinator of the Working People’s Charter, a coalition of over 150 worker collectives organising informal workers across India, speaks to All Indians Matter. Don’t miss the bit about how the codes affect gig workers. Or how, during the pandemic, there has been a transfer of trillions of dollars from workers who need the money the most to the wealthy, who need it the least.