12 May 2008 National kerala: trade unionism

Men (Not) At Work

Idling too earns them wages. It's a nasty relapse of an old Left habit.
Men (Not) At Work
Madhu Kapparath
All Pay, No Work

Here's why the ruling CPI(M) in Kerala wants to rein in its labour force:
  • Cases of workers charging money without doing work is on the rise
  • Even strategic organisations like the VSSC and the Kochi port are not spared
  • Labour leaders have to be paid before trucks are allowed into their premises
  • Instances of unions demanding money even when cranes are used to lift 80-tonne loads
  • Labour trouble has repelled prospective investors from the state
  • Senior CPI(M) leaders say that unfair practices by labour unions must stop

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