25th Dr. Ramanadham Memorial Meeting 2010:Unorganised Workers, Rights and Struggles

25th Dr. Ramanadham Memorial Meeting 2010:Unorganised Workers, Rights and Struggles

Construction workers are at a more disadvantageous position than even casual labour working in industrial units or engaged as security or sanitation staff, because of the time bound nature of their work. Majority of these workers are from other states and migrate to the city for work due to extremely distressing economic conditions back home. They work at different sites for varying durations depending on the availability of work and many of them stay in the city for fairly short durations. Hence time becomes precious for any intervention aimed at the protection of their rights.Secondly, the shifting nature of their work makes it impossible for them to organize themselves and struggle for their rights.Thirdly, workers recruited through the thekedars, sardars or jamdars (either introduced to them through social networks or not known to them) are in no state to bargain with them because of the workers’ total dependence and insecure economic condition. Even though employment of labour by an unlicensed contractor is prohibited, our experience with the CWG shows that the lowest level thekedars mostly do not have licenses to recruit workers as is required under the law. This together with total disregard of the principal employer to labour laws and their implementation leads to a situation of no check on the exploitation of construction workers.It is in this background,

People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR)

invites you to

25th Annual Ramanatham Memorial Meeting


Unorganised Workers, Rights and Struggles


Kamala Sankaran, Prabhu Mohapatra

Date: Saturday, 11 September 2010

Time: 5.30 to 8.30 pm.

Venue: Gandhi Peace Foundation (near ITO)