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
***The trade union movement in Kerala has largely thrived on blessings from the Communist parties. Ironically, the ruling CPI(M)-led front in the state today is facing problems from the very institution it nurtured. Worker's unions have crossed all limits by making it a practice to demand money for work they are not doing. They call it 'nokku kooli', or wages for...