Nidan and NUIW organized a workshop on Workers Laws, Policies and Organizing for Work and Social Protection at Constitution Club Delhi. An awareness-cum-multi stake holder dialogue programme for workers of unorganized sectors was jointly conducted by NIDAN and National Union of Informal workers (NUIW), where workers from Bihar, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Utter Pradesh, Madhaya Pradesh and Delhi participated.
The workshop inaugurated by Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, Hon’ble Minister of Labour & Employment, said Government of India is working on strategies to deepen work protection and expand social security cover to workers of unorganized sectors in the country. He said that 40 crores unnorgansied workers do not have law to protect them, there is no social security and the working condition is pretty bad and this requires a movement.
Mr Arbind Singh, Executive director of Nidan pointed out that the 93% of workforce is in Informal sector. They are ‘Plinth of the Pyramid’ but there isn’t any comprehensive law or Policy for the workers .They are being looked in different categories and they do not even get representation in Govt. forums which is exclusive domain of the organized sector. He demanded that the minimum wages must be fixed on pan India basis and there must be dedicated officers for the unorganized workers.
Other prominent participants included Mr Manish Gupta, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Employment. He said that the Govt. is working on a comprehensive scheme for unorganized workers.
Director General Mr Bipin Mallick, Joint Secretary of the Ministry, Mr Manish Kumar Gupta too participated .Mr JayKant Singh of National Skill Development Council stressed the need for skill to change one’s life. Mr Vijay Kr Jha of Delhi Legal Services Authority (DLSA) assured legal help to the workers. Mr Mahavir Jain, former DG VV Giri Institute talked about need for radical changes in favour of unorganized workers.