- May Day is the day when the workers around the world celebrate their awakening to a class-conscious life.
- Two worlds exist in this era of globalization, one is the world of capital while another is the world of labour.
- Similarly, one is the world of exploitation and slavery then another is the world of brotherhood and freedom.
- 80% of India’s labour is in unsafe environment, deaths are twenty times higher than UK
- Shockingly, there is only one factory inspector for 506 registered factories.
- India needs progressive policies for workers welfare, safety and their rights.
May Day is the day when the workers around the world celebrate their awakening to a class- conscious life, their solidarity in the struggle against coercion and oppression of man by man, and the struggle to free them from hunger, poverty, and humiliation.
Two worlds exist in this era of globalization. One is the world of capital while the other is the world of labour. Similarly one is the world of exploitation and slavery then the other is the world of brotherhood and freedom.
On one side we have rich blood-suckers. They have seized the factories and mills, the tools and machinery, have turned millions of acres of land and mountains of money pumped into their private property. They have made the government and the army their servants, faithful watchdogs of the wealth they have amassed. And on the other side millions stand disinherited. They are forced to beg from the rich for permission to work for them. They create wealth by their labour force despite having to struggle their entire life for a crust of bread.
The British Safety Council is one of the world’s most trusted leaders in health, safety and environmental management for workers. It’s vision is that no-one should be injured or made ill at work. The Council believes that workers have a fundamental right to return home fit and well each day. The organization works with companies of all sizes and in all sectors to help them achieve this aspiration, while promoting the business case for investment in proportionate health and safety management. It also challenges the traditional views and approaches, and support employers in adopting practices which better safeguard the health and safety of their workers.
“Around 80 per cent of the estimated 465 million-strong workforce are not protected by the existing health and safety legal framework in India” shows, the data available on the website ‘British Safety Council.
According to the British Safety Council, “Overall workplace deaths are twenty times higher than in UK. Moreover, at least 80 per cent of India’s workforce is still employed in an unsafe environment while only 20 per cent of India’s workforce are covered under the existing health and safety legal framework. Shockingly, there is only one factory inspector for 506 registered factories.
The construction industry, which is the second largest employer of workforce in India, contributes to 24.20 per cent of all occupational fatalities, the highest in the country annually. In comparison, in the UK, there were 137 fatalities in 2016 and 30 of them occurred in the construction industry (21 per cent).
Currently, India is facing many challenges. The condition of labor could be improved by taking positive steps towards the welfare of the labor community. Firstly, the government needs to form more investor-friendly labor laws at the national level, Secondly, the respective governments should maintain the balance between workers’ rights and industrial growth through various activities; and thirdly, the reforms need inclusive growth, so that various implications on laborers are also addressed.
Mahatma Gandhi had a vision of a self-sufficient nation which protect the rights of labor. The Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi devoted his entire life for the welfare of labor and their rights. Today, after six decades of his death, we are not even parallel to Gandhi’s vision. Finally, India needs progressive policies for workers welfare, safety and rights.