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TRADE UNIONS AND ELECTORAL POLITICS

I work with South Asian Trade Unions. Interesting as it is, it throws up quite a number of challenges. Of many, Trade Unionists being involved in electoral politics, is one of the very important challenges. I personally do not mind Trade Unions or Unionist having a political ideology or for that matter even participating in elections. In fact, I would…

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May Day-March Forward and Continue the struggle

With the consistent growth of Neo-liberal mode of development, attacks against workers is on the rise across the world. Workers are being jailed in countries like Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, Turkey and many others for standing up for the rights of fellow comrades. In India, there has been a systematic attack on workers’ rights, done through codification of laws. The government, by…

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INDIAN UNIONS ON STRIKE AGAINST ANTI WORKER POLICIES

2nd September, 2015: Touted as one of the biggest strikes to ever occur in Indian History, over 150 Million workers, as part of 10 Central workers Unions in India are on strike today. The protesters are striking against the ongoing anti-worker policies being adopted by the current government. The current government starting off with states like Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh…

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FROM THE MARGINS

Indian State and Secular Politics

By Pratyush Chandra 1. In India, decolonisation did not reconstitute the State, rather it was a refurbishing of the same colonial state, now free from any remote controlling by the British. In legal terms too, all legislations and judicial pronouncements made prior to Independence continued to hold unless challenged and proven to be in contravention to the new constitution. The…

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Trade Unions in India’s Coal Sector goes on Strike  

In what is being touted as one of the biggest industrial action in the last four decades, more than half a million workers of India’s coal sector has gone on a strike in India. Coal India Limited (CIL) has 3.5 lakh permanent workers and 50,000 contract workers, while Singareni Collieries, a subsidiary of CIL has 1.5 lakh permanent and 30,000…

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SOCIAL MEDIA AND TRADE UNIONS IN INDIA-ARTICLE SERIES

PART-1 Understanding and Breaking the Myths about Social Media among Indian Trade Unions Trade Unions, especially in India, are yet to recognize the immense potential of Social media, and have till yet remain increasingly aloof from using it. Most of the use has been limited to either posting pictures or on some occasions, news about the union activities in Facebook.…

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Mothers’ day special: India one of the worst places to be Mom

Today is Mothers’ day. I personally don’t agree with the concept of having a definite day to show our affection/care/love for our mother. For me, rather than making/buying cards, bouquets, flowers and sending them to our mothers, it would be more worthwhile to have a discussion on how our mothers fare. Questions like are we doing enough for our mothers,…

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