Opinion | Toothless trade unions have meant helpless workers4 min read 08 Apr 2020, 10:23 PM IST
Unions have failed to act in the interests of workers and must wake up and adapt to work realities
The inability of India’s trade union movement to evolve over the years is partly responsible for the tragic migrant crisis we saw being played out across cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Pune last fortnight. Left alone to fend for themselves with no support or guidance, these workers were the tragic outcome of what happens when a key peg of the business eco-system, worker unions, goes missing. Most of those who began their long and arduous journeys home, on foot or makeshift vehicles, are not even registered with the relevant labour offices and thus don’t get covered by statutes related to minimum wages, and accident and social security benefits.
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