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Organizing the Unorganized Workers : The Indian Scene

Indian Journal of Industrial Relations

Volume 48 Issue 3

Published: 2013
Author(s) Name: Ratna Sen | Author(s) Affiliation: Ratna Sen is Professor (Retd.), Indian Institute of Social Welfare & Business Management, Kolkata
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Abstract

India has had a very large informal or unorganized sector which faces serious disadvantages compared to the small percentage working as organized workers. Economic liberalization aggravated this problem by creating far more jobs in the informal sector. This massive workforce lacks regularity in employment, social security benefits and faces low wages and poor working conditions. This paper finds that while organizations are not numerous, the process is five decades old. It also highlights that organizing has been a part of deliberate policy for many organizers. Special efforts have been made to organize women and address their unique problems. There are significant variations in the form, issues and problems related to organizing them.

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