Labour law reforms

The curse of cheap labour

Print edition : November 14, 2014

Activists of the All India Central Council of Trade Unions burning an effigy representing the Maruti management at a protest in New Delhi against the sacking of 500 employees of the company's plant at Manesar in Gurgaon, Haryana, in 2012. Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

At BEL's manufacturing facility for electronic voting machines in Bangalore. Once a premier manufacturer of electronics in the country, the company outsources work to more than 15,000 outside agencies. This is a means not only of reducing the overall wage bill but also of obtaining greater bargaining clout with the workers remaining on its rolls. Photo: V. SREENIVASA MURTHY

At an event showcasing projects for IT students organised by the CII in Chennai. Industry's refrain that the education system does not offer it "readymade" talent that is "employable" camouflages its intent of having a reserve army that could keep wage costs in check. Photo: N. Sridharan

A society that systematically shortchanges its workforce will have to pay dearly.
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