In 2020, the Union Government of India finalized rule under 4 labor codes, with the aim of rebooting the economy and building a future of work that is safer, greener, and more resilient. In line with this idea, the Center for Work and Welfare (CWW), IMPRI Impact and Policy Research Institute, New Delhi, Indian Social Institute (ISI), New Delhi, and Counterview organized a #WebPolicyTalk on The Future of Labour Codes: Impact and Way Forward from Trade Union Perspectives under the State of Employment – #EmploymentDebate series.
Workers and Unions Response
The chair of the session, Fr. Dr. Denzil Fernandes, Executive Director, Indian Social Institute (ISI), New Delhi began the session with an understanding of what these labor codes will entail for the Indian economy. He focused his remarks mainly on how they were received by the workers and the trade unions. Many trade unions have compared the labor codes with “modern-day slavery”, given the amount of unhinged power that the employers will now possess.
The event culminated following the concluding remarks of the chair Fr. Fernandes. He discussed what the role of the trade unions should be in organizing and mobilizing the resistance movement against the codes. He also focused on the ways like digital media through which the broader public base and the youth can be mobilized in the agitation process.