Standing Committee on Labour (2014-15) present this Third Report on `The Factories (Amendment) Bill, 2014’ relating to the Ministry of Labour and Employment.

This report highlights serious labour rights and human rights violations faced by girls and young women employed in the Tamil Nadu spinning industry in South India, which is a major hub in the global knitwear sector, supplying some of the big name clothing brands including C&A, HanesBrands, Mothercare and Primark.

Judgement of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of NTPC Kahalagaon & Others Vs Nakul Das & Others dated 05/09/2014 regarding recruitment of labour in Kahalagaon Super Thermal Power Plant, Bihar. Preference was to be given, in various classes of such labour, to persons whose lands had been acquired for the construction of the said plant (Land Oustees).

A Bill further to amend the Factories Act, 1948. This Act may be called the Factories (Amendment) Act, 2014.

Today, we stand at a juncture where the chief beneficiaries of the neo-liberal model of “development” have succeeded in presenting it as the one best suited for everyone’s needs, which the Bharatiya Janata Party has used to garner electoral support. If we are honest about fighting Modi, it is time to seriously interrogate our complicity in the story of “development”.

Even groundwater in the area is polluted: residents

The Bangladesh tragedy exposes the callousness of the garment business. (Editorial)

One year on, the Maruti workers continue to be punished for demanding their rights. (Editorial)

How do mass slum resettlement programmes in expanding megacities contribute to the reproduction of urban poverty? Chennai's premier resettlement colony, Kannagi Nagar, housing slum-dwellers evicted from the city since 2000 has integrated itself into the industrial, commercial and software economies of the information technology corridor on unfavourable terms, swelling the supply of unskilled casual workers for local firms.