• Protect labour from all forms of exploitation and injustice,
  • Uphold equitable fair and living wages with social security,
  • Ensure labour equality, dignity and promote quality of life of the workers,
  • Enforce labour laws for enhancing rights and decent working conditions,
  • Increase healthy relationship between employer and employee as partners,
  • Eliminate labour trafficking, forced labour and bonded labour, and
  • Enrich skills, capacities and enhance participation for sustainable development.
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  • Improving better working conditions,
  • Enhancing dignity and quality of life of the workers,
  • Implementinglabour welfare legislations,
  • Administering labour protection policies, programs and schemes,
  • Providing social security and welfare measures,
  • Regulating decent working conditions of the labourers,
  • Motivating occupational health and safety of workers,
  • Eliminating bonded labour and labour trafficking,
  • Strengthening collective bargaining power of the workers,
  • Cultivating healthy relationship between employers and employees,
  • Promoting skill development and best employment services, and
  • Partnering for the sustainable national growth.

Plan of Action

1. Collection of information on unorganised labourers from marginalised groups:

In the above context, data collection and assessing the needs of the people in the targeted locations is crucial. Preparing statistical report based on the information on the situation of poor labourers, marginalised adivasis, tribal workers, dalits, fishers, landless farmers and status of vulnerable working groups and planning according to the needs of the people on a priority basis. Need to prepare an assessment report, which will be strategy for advocacy work. We need to introduce digitalised community-based data-base (DCDB) at every panchayat and its direct linkage with Census Department. This data-base will be updated every month and it will automatically reflect on the system about the movement of migrant workers and their current locations –even if they had to go on seasonal basis. Village level skill development on Information data base training will equip the people to provide details on time about their movement which will be recorded through panchayat level registers that will be computerised and digitalised immediately.  

2. Advocacy with Multiple Stake-Holders and communication with donors:

The research and strategy team should work on the marginalised migrants, vulnerable and poor-daily wage workers of all kinds. We need to work with the State for increasing their accountability to not only addressing the COVID-19 but also fulfilling the needs of the poor and other vulnerable working groups. To reach this we need to empower the worker citizens and build capacities of the vulnerable groups through a well-planned action. Advocacy with multiple stake-holders will increase accountability and responsibility to secure decent life and dignity for the workers.

3. Working with Policy Makers and implementing recommendations:

Current health emergency has brought unprecedented challenges around the world and in India. The issue of COVID-19 created unforgettable events and memories not only on health but also on livelihoods with negative impact on the vulnerable people. So, it is important to do proper analysis, lobby with policy-makers and provide relevant recommendations in promoting alternative sustainable livelihoods and precautions for sustaining the development engagement in a more decentralised work opportunities in different locations based on the available local resources and the type of agriculture and services required.

4. Execution of Labour Welfare Legislations and ensure security and dignity:

The International Labour Organisation declared Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work through its conventions. This includes freedom of association; effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining; the elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labour; the effective abolition of child labour; and the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation. It is important that whether the Government of India has signed the ILO protocol. We need to advocate for effective implementation of these protocols and laws at the grassroots level for sustainable impact among the target groups. This should be facilitated towards equitable income sources, access to justice, protection and inclusive development.

5. Networking to eliminate COVID-19 through Donor Agencies participation:

Eliminating COVID-19 is an important activity to be associated with Donor Agencies to protect life of the poor people. This will involve prevention, preparedness and restoration of secured living conditions. We will encourage Donor Agencies participation in partnering and supporting through funding and adopting inclusive approaches for the betterment of everyone in the society. This will promote balance health care system along with adoption of basic principles and dignity for the working class in different sectors in both intra-district and inter-state migrant communities.

6. Activating vigilance committees in target areas and conducting monitoring and review visits and linking with National Monitoring Agencies:

District level vigilance committees should be the legal entity to be formed with public participation as per legal provisions under Section 13 and 14 of the Bonded Labour (System) Abolition Act. Such committees are chaired by the District Collector and has power to monitor the labour rights on quarterly basis. Strengthening of these committees can play vital role in conducting regular survey, review meetings and monitoring visits to the field areas / worksites and reporting. This will reduce the gap between employees and employers. It can resolve conflicts and bring social justice along-with sustainability and dignity.

7. Activating Role of National Monitoring Agencies and reporting to the Public:

The Government of India has setup several monitoring agencies at national and state level to review the progress made and to ensure the Constitutional Rights are reaching to all without any difficulties. During the COVID-19 Crisis and followed national lockdown, both state and national monitoring agencies such as the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST), National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC), National Commission for Women (NCW), National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), National Commission for Backward Castes (NCBC) are absent in their performance and failure in executing their duties. Hence, it is time to review the functions of these agencies and activate their roles and responsibilities with increased accountabilities.

8. Empowering the marginalised and introduction of alternative livelihoods:

Marginalised adivasi, tribal workers, dalit labourers, landless farmers, migrant workers, daily-wage labourers are experiencing different levels of vulnerability that depends on a number of factors such as education, occupation, gender, caste-class, religion, parties, location, age, language and regions. We need to address the root-causes to promote sustainable income sources through alternative livelihood opportunities and build negotiating capacity through empowerment process. This shall be focused on high priority to women’s leadership for ensuring gender just society. This will reduce vulnerability and promote sustainability. Important strategic solutions for sustainable development is empowering the impoverished and increasing united voice to rebuild safety, security and dignity.

9. Communication, knowledge and adopting social media:

Two of the most important factors that are absent are ‘right information’ and ‘right to information’. We are living in a technological digitised information economy. Though many of them may not have smart phones, it has become a basic need for everyone. It is no more a comfort or a luxury to own a smart phone. It has become part of the life for information and communication. Digital Technology today is a powerful instrument for sharing information to bring change in the mind-set, attitude, behaviour as well change in oneself as well change in others. We must use digital technology for information, awareness and empowerment of vulnerable and unity among the voiceless communities.

10. Urgent and Immediate Action – Now and Post lockdown interventions:
  • Provide food ration, health care, cash assistance and safety to all the present workers of any State under lockdown working in formal and informal sector ex: brick kilns, rice mills, stone quarry, construction, irrigation, plantation, agriculture, sugarcane farms, fish farm, salt pans, cotton mills, textile, spinning mills, apparels, jewellery, anklet making, match and fire-works, restaurants, hotels, domestic, and other service providers and worksites. Some of them are migrants who have settled and many of them are seasonal migrants as well labourers who are not yet classified as a migrant labour. This applies very much to the bonded labourers.
  • Make sure safety insurance and travel cost to all the stranded migrant workers who travel back home and this insurance should be borne by the respective States and the Central government in the current lockdown crisis. 
  • Continue follow up and monitoring of all the workers, worksites in the formal and informal sector during lockdown and post lockdown situation.
  • Ensure safety and security as well extend easy access to Corona tests wherever there is a need and requirement.
  • Influence in policies and legislations and bring out appropriate amendments in some of the key laws such as the Disaster Management Act 2005, Inter-State Migrant Workmen Act 1979, National Rural Employment Guarantee Act 2005 and others.
  • Adopt preventive steps with community participation to eliminate Coronavirus and stop spreading by improving health care and safety measures. 
  • Eliminate child labour in all forms in any sectors and facilitate campaign on child rights protection with national and international legal framework.
  • Ensure school admission, retention and continue formal schooling without drop-outs.
  • Enforce legislation rules – if companies and industries are re-opening after lockdown a renewal of work agreement is needed and that must be followed and adopted the procedures under the Inter-State Migrant Workmen Act.
  • Create documents by registration of the movement of workers by District Administration whether Aadhar card is there or not. It shall be encouraged to maintain registers both at Source States and Destination States.
  • Extend legal aid action wherever necessary along with support of State Legal Service Authority and networking with SC/ST Lawyers Associations.
  • Guarantee safety of migrant workers by providing government free insurance facilities to all and other social safety nets.
  • Develop inclusive approach and empower the migrant workers with women’s participation and introduce gender equality concepts in the relief measures.
  • Establish counselling centres, helplines and prepare vulnerable workers to cope up with new situations during post lockdown and implement welfare measures for the benefit of migrant workers and others in unorganised sectors.

Develop a system of accountability and coordination in crisis management at all level among the multiple stake-holders including at the State and Union Government which should act more efficiently and practically.