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Indian garment workers cover bosses' lockdown losses

Oct 22 2020

CHENNAI, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - From unpaid overtime to wage cuts, Indian garment workers say they are being made to compensate their bosses for the food, shelter and salary provided in the coronavirus lockdown.

Hundreds of Indian workers demand unpaid wages from Saudi construction firm

Oct 19 2020

CHENNAI, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Hundreds of Indian migrant workers who were laid off by a construction company in Saudi Arabia due to the coronavirus pandemic have filed a rare complaint to the Indian government over unpaid earnings, lawyers and campaigners said.

Migrant workers given starring role in Indian festival tribute

Oct 15 2020

CHENNAI, India, Oct 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - I ndia's millions of migrant workers, whose plight under lockdown moved the country, will receive a unique tribute at a festival celebrating the Hindu goddess Durga which starts this weekend.

Fearing loan sharks and slavery, Indian workers ask government for cash aid

Oct 06 2020

CHENNAI, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Informal workers in India urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a petition on Tuesday to grant emergency financial aid to protect them from loan sharks and labour traffickers as the pandemic erodes their incomes.

Caught in pandemic's net, fish sellers struggle to stay afloat in India

Sep 28 2020

CHENNAI, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In 35 years of selling the village catch, Jennet Cleetus said business has never been so bad for her and other women who make ends meet by hawking seafood along the palm-fringed coast of Kerala in southern India.

Cut! Barber 'for all' ends discrimination against Dalits of India

Sep 10 2020

CHENNAI, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The struggle to get a haircut during the coronavirus lockdown has led to a rare victory for India's marginalised Dalit community - a barbershop.   Scheduled to open for business next week, the "salon for all" in Idukki district of Kerala state in southern India has brought cheer to more than 200 Dalit families refused haircuts by their neighbourhood barbers in keeping with ancient caste bias.   "I am against discrimination and wanted this practice to end," said P. Ramaraj,  president of Vattavada village council, which is funding the new shop.   "We tried to negotiate with the two barbershops in the village and eventually had to seal them (shut) because they refused to cooperate. But people need to get a haircut and shave so we decided to open a new salon, where everyone will be welcome."

South Asian migrant workers seek justice as wage theft worsens under coronavirus

Sep 09 2020

CHENNAI/DHAKA/AMMAN, Sep 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nizar Kochery has been fighting for migrant workers' rights in the courts for decades, but he has never felt so overwhelmed.

INSIGHT -South Asian migrant workers seek justice as wage theft worsens under coronavirus

Sep 08 2020

CHENNAI/DHAKA/AMMAN, Sep 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - N izar Kochery has been fighting for migrant workers' rights in the courts for decades, but he has never felt so overwhelmed.

'Black holes': India's coronavirus apps raise privacy fears

Aug 26 2020

CHENNAI, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Harinder Kaur was not surprised when people slammed their doors in her face as she walked into neighbourhoods in the northern state of Punjab armed with a smartphone and a long list of health and travel-related questions.

Businesses working with slavery survivors in India seek ways to offset COVID

Aug 18 2020

CHENNAI, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Bhimavva Chalwadi, the supervisor of a laundry in Goa, is back behind the counter but it is not business as usual.

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