India

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    Solar power waste: a growing problem for India

    India’s solar power industry is set for huge growth as part of efforts to produce cleaner and more reliable energy, but fears are growing about the lack of safe and environmentally-sound options for recycling and recovering the associated waste solar panels.

    By Orchie Bandyopadhyay on 10 June 2024

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    Sexual harassment: Tamil Nadu takes action in the clothing industry

    Tamil Nadu’s government recently established a multi-stakeholder coalition aimed at stamping out sexual harassment in the state’s numerous clothing and textile factories, and commentators say it offers a clear template for other states and industries to end gender-based sexual harassment and violence at work in India.

    By Orchie Bandyopadhyay on 09 May 2024

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    India’s airline pilots: fatigue reports prompt safety worries

    With Indian airline pilots complaining about the risk of fatigue from their work schedules, concerns are rising about the safety implications of the government delaying the introduction of more stringent controls on shift hours and rest periods.

    By Orchie Bandyopadhyay on 09 May 2024

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    Karnataka IT workers demand end to companies’ exemption from labour rules

    Ahead of India’s general election, hundreds of IT employees held a demonstration against alleged “anti-worker practices” in Karnataka’s information technology (IT) and information technology-enabled services (ITeS) sector outside the Labour Commissioner’s office in Bengaluru.

    By Orchie Bandyopadhyay on 09 May 2024

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    Linemen fatalities: a shocking situation

    India’s electrical maintenance workers, or ‘linemen’, play a vital role in keeping the power running to homes and businesses, but unions warn they lack essential safety training and equipment, with often deadly consequences.

    By Orchie Bandyopadhyay on 08 April 2024

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    Maternity leave: India’s female road workers granted landmark rights

    The Indian government recently ordered road construction employers to grant paid maternity leave to registered female road construction workers, but campaigners warn that many women in the unregistered construction sector will miss out on this vital new benefit.

    By Orchie Bandyopadhyay on 08 April 2024

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    Government survey aims to identify barriers to female employment in India

    In a bid to identify barriers preventing Indian women joining the workforce, the central government and the national Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EFPO) have launched a survey of around 300 million female workers to assess how well Indian businesses in the organised sector are creating working environments conducive to attracting and retaining female employees.

    By Orchie Bandyopadhyay on 08 March 2024

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    India’s Budget for 2024-25: small steps towards social security benefits for workers

    The central government recently announced that community health support workers are to be granted basic healthcare cover, but commentators say the entire social security system for people in all forms of low-paid and precarious employment needs a major overhaul to ensure adequate healthcare and social security protections for all.

    By Orchie Bandyopadhyay on 07 March 2024

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    Firecracker factories: an explosive mix

    The latest in a long series of fatal explosions at India’s firework factories has prompted calls from trade unions and politicians for much more vigorous enforcement of fire safety rules by local fire authorities.

    By Orchie Bandyopadhyay on 07 March 2024