Sunday, 3 July, 2022

Topic: workers

Working late is a thing of the past in Belgium. They now have a ‘right to disconnect’

A new law passed in Belgium allows civil servants to switch off work emails, texts and phone calls received out of hours, without fear of reprisals.

A payment before end of contract can boost poor worker’s productivity by 13%, study shows

Researchers from UC Berkeley, MIT, Chicago Booth and France conducted a field experiment in Odisha to find that workers carry their mental burdens to work.

Blue-collar workers app Apna becomes a unicorn in 21 months, valued at $1.1 billion

The digital hiring startup serves more than 16 million users and 150,000 employers and enables an average of 18 million job interviews each month.

Saudi Arabia set to remove several controversial restrictions on foreign workers

Non-Saudis will no longer need employer’s permission to change jobs, travel abroad or leave the country permanently. New rules will come into effect on 14 March.

Employees might see better salary hikes in 2021 as companies bet on high consumer demand

Survey finds that companies across sectors like e-commerce, energy, financial institutions and pharmaceuticals, are projected to increase compensation by an average 7.3% in 2021.

US judge blocks Trump ban on H-1B visas for high skill workers

New ruling conflicts with a pair of decisions in September in similar cases. Judge says order applies only to members of plaintiff organizations like Amazon and Microsoft.

How Indian factories are trying to overcome labour shortages as economy reopens

Some companies are promising free travel tickets, housing & food to draw workers to urban areas, others are hiring new faces from nearby locations.

By sealing Delhi NCR borders, Covid has ended fluidity between where labourers live and work

The very labourers who have held on for over two months of lockdown and not left, are now abandoning Delhi NCR in droves.

HC orders Delhi govt to re-register 5 lakh construction workers, grant them Covid relief

So far, the Delhi govt has provided Rs 5,000 each to 39,000 workers, but high court says the others must be re-registered within four days and granted relief.

India’s heartless capitalists deserve the labour shortages they are about to be hit with

The migrant labour crisis has arisen out of the refusal of businessmen to pay wages during lockdown. This is Indian capitalism’s hour of disgrace.

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Representational image of a protest against rise in prices of fuel and LPG, in Kolkata | ANI

You thought inflation’s high in India? Data shows at least 100 countries doing worse

Lebanon faces worst inflation rate in the world, followed by Zimbabwe and Sudan, according to 'Trading Economics', which sources data from governments.


Army personnel give military honours to the soldiers of Territorial Army's infantry 107 battalion who lost their lives in the Manipur Landslide, 2 July 2022, Siliguri | Credits: ANI Photo/ ANI Pic Service

A look at the Territorial Army — The Indian military’s task force hit by the Manipur landslide

The Territorial Army, a part-time military organisation for Indians who may have other jobs, is essentially a volunteer force that can be quickly mobilised in the defence of a state.

Moral, political & ideological questions on Maharashtra: 1st is simplest to answer, 3rd trickiest

What is Shiv Sena’s ideology? We might say it’s been a convenient mix of extreme ethnic chauvinism & unforgiving Hindutva. Within the second, the party retained space to manoeuvre.