17 May, 2021

Men (Not) At Work

Idling too earns them wages. It's a nasty relapse of an old Left habit.

Madhu Kapparath
Men (Not) At Work
outlookindia.com
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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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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...

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