Call For Applications: Work and Dignity; A workshop on labour rights, 12-16 May 2018

Call For Applications: Work and Dignity; A workshop on labour rights, 12-16 May 2018


Work and Dignity

A workshop on labour policy, labour rights and labour struggles

Sambhaavnaa Institute, Palampur, Himachal.

12-16 May 2018

हिंदी में पढ़ने और आवेदन फॉर्म भरने के लिए यहाँ क्लिक करें – लिंक

Jobs are the number one challenge facing the country today. Not only is the ‘growing’ Indian economy not creating jobs for even a tenth of those entering the job market, the jobs that are being created much closely approximate exploitation rather than employment.

The reality that faces the country’s working people is somewhat different and a little more complex than what employers suggest. It comprises the following elements:  * First, the country’s labour laws are complex and often over lapping, creating multiple jurisdictions that are used by employers to disadvantage workers.  * Second, the economy thrives on the capacity of the organised corporate sector to adopt capital intensive labour displacing technology on the one hand, and, on the other hand,create and maintain a large un-organised sector both in terms of enterprises and employment.  * Third, there is a huge reservoir of surplus labour, in rural areas contributed in large measure by the agrarian crisis, that is mostly under employed and in its desperation is willing to work for less and less.  * Fourth, global political transformation towards a uni-polar world and the new ‘universal’ economics has forced the global integration of economies allowing the market much greater power than even national governments.  * And finally, corporate enterprises take advantage of the divisions in society be they of gender, caste, religion, region or language.

These factors cause the enormous discrimination that working people are subject to, resulting in degraded lives of the vast majority of the country’s population who work in wretched conditions with low wages.

Why this workshop?

This workshop will endeavour to  * Unravel the historical underpinnings of the present condition of working people.  * Survey the law and government policy, with specific instances of how and why they have worked and not worked.  * Examine employer and trade union actions, with specific instances of how and why they have worked and not worked.  * Look at developments in the global environment, especially policy shifts, that have affected the Indian context adversely, as also international experience that could have benefited the developments in India.  * Develop legal and policy alternatives and, strategies for action that can be advanced by workers and their organisations to address the challenges that working people face.

Who should attend?  The workshop is open to (1) activists working on labour rights and policy issues, in trade unions or other labour collectives/groups. (2) individuals and organizations engaged directly or indirectly in addressing challenges around labour issues, or those who feel that these issues have a direct bearing on their work. (3) researchers engaged with labour policy and advocacy and (4) any activist who addresses the question on livelihood and would like to connect this with the larger issue of working people.

Language  A mix of English and Hindi.

About the facilitators  The workshop will be coordinated by Gautam Mody (New Trade Union Initiative). Babu Mathew (Professor, National Law School, Bengaluru and former trade unionist) will lead the discussion on policy and the law. Dithhi Bhattacharya (Centre for Workers’ Management) will lead the group on understanding what work is. Prabhu Mahapatra (Professor of Labour History, University of Delhi) will explore the relationship between the organised sector and growing informality while Milind Ranade (KachraVahatuk Shramik Sangh) will share the experiences of manual scavengers.

Click here to fill the application form –

Contact: For more information please call Shashank – 889 422 7954 or email:

Do not let money be an impediment to your applying. Need based fee waivers are available. We have a limited number of scholarships so please apply for a fee waiver if you really need it. Do remember that there may be others who need it more than you.

Warm Regards,  Sambhaavnaa Programs Team.


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