Labour Migration in Kerala: A Study on Working Conditions of Unskilled Labourers.
(2016) International Journal of Exclusive Management Research, (Conference Special Issue), 13-16.
9 Pages Posted: 14 Mar 2018
Date Written: 2016
The present paper focuses on the working environment, which is the core of employment relationship, faced by the migrant unskilled labourers who work in the industrial units of Kerala State. In spite of their vital role in the economic growth of the state, especially the secondary sector, these labourers are put to work in unhealthy working conditions. Often, they are made to work for more than the stipulated time, not paid for the overtime work, not provided with safe work environment. These labourers and their families face health issues due hazardous work and improper medical care. Such labourers are employed as temporary workers with no other benefits and discriminated during the routine work and at the time of payment of wages. The alarming fact is that majority of them are not there in any of the official records of the city. Though dissatisfied with the workplace, they prefer to stay in the state itself as work opportunities are more as compared to their native places. There is a dire need to preserve the interests of these unskilled labour migrants to protect the social and economic well being of the state as a whole. If this is left unattended it can cause severe threat to all development activities of the state.
Keywords: Labour Migration, Kerala Economy, Working Environment, Unskilled Workers in Kerala
JEL Classification: J01, J46, J48
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