Labor Day Campaign
Labor groups in India are widely acknowledged as marginalized groups within the Indian community, excluded from several national policies and schemes. This has resulted into exacerbated vulnerabilities, poverty traps and risks of discrimination. Pratham's Labor Day campaign this year focused on raising awareness about the impact of Covid-19 on informal labor, details of which can be found below.
A blue-collar worker is a worker engaged in manual work. They may be unskilled, semi-skilled, or skilled but what they have in common is their experience of working on some of manual labor in an industrial enterprise. Blue-collar workers typically receive irregular income which is paid weekly, hourly, or on incentive basis.
According to the 2011 census, the number of internal migrants (inter and intra-state migrants) in India amounts to a total of 45 crore people, almost 37% of the nation’s population. Of this statistic, around 29% are daily wage workers. Interestingly enough, most of the internal migrant population is made up of women who migrate for marriage.