29 Mar 2010

Sector 16, Vashi




A painter waits for work at India's street side daily labour exchange. He was one among about 50 people who congregate here every morning, 365 days a year.

Across India, in every city, there are designated spots where skilled and unskilled workers wait to be picked up by contractors. So if you are looking for skilled labour or if you have a skill that will earn you a day's work, this is where you should find what you need. In Mumbai, you will find these informal exchanges outside major bus stops, railway stations, and industrial estates

This is a typical picture of India's Daily Labour Exchange.

According to my friend Priyank, the unskilled workers are usually from UP and Bihar and they form a separate group outside MIDCs (Industrial estates). They do the risky jobs and the rate of compensation in case of death is Rs.10,000/- (unverified). The rate can't be very different across India.

Here are some pictures I clicked of a similar hub in Seshadripuram, Bangalore, couple of years back.





6 comments:

Paresh Palicha said...

I thought we in Kerala comply with law as far as remuneration/compensation for casual laborers is concerned. Rs. 10000/- for death is pathetic.

SloganMurugan said...

Kerala would be an exception. But I guess they have powerful unions. Do you have such informal street side stuff there?

Flickering Cursor said...

Couple of years back?? The second set looks straight out of the 70s! Great work MP, as always.

Paresh Palicha said...

We've people affiliated to unions guarding important junctions grabbing nokkukooli from every loaded vehicle crossing them.

monsoon-dreams said...

this is new to me.i have seen only mallu labourers who segregate acc to union to which they belong,and take away too much money as their wages.they think it's their right to do all labour.u know,ppl are not allowed to even shift a table without them asking for money,whether or not they do the job.

bythewindowsill said...

thanks for the info...
and do knock off the word verification sometime.
its tedious...

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