The covid pandemic and the subsequent lockdown imposed by the Indian government has unleashed unprecedented economic hardship on the most vulnerable sections of the country. It has also put the unorganised labor force and migrant workers in peril, with many thousands walking to their hometowns, with many hundred dying before they reach their destination.
Amidst this humanitarian crisis, some BJP ruled state governments have significantly reformed the labour laws. And, in order to revive the economic condition, many state governments have extended the daily working hours from 8 hours to 12 hours for a time period of 2-3 months in the factories.
To understand more about the reformed labour laws and how these changes would affect the workers and the employers, we reached out to Gautam Mody of The New Trade Union Initiative.