Economy

Watch: A Tenure of Dignity

For the 2,700 workers and their families who gathered at Azad Maidan on May 1 to celebrate International Labour Day, a recent Supreme Court verdict is a turning point.

Mumbai: The Supreme Court order that awarded 2,700 contract workers permanent employment with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is a culmination of a ten-year long bitter legal battle between the workers’ union and corporation. The BMC used various loopholes in existing labour laws to deny workers their minimum wages and employee benefits.

Despite a favourable ruling from the industrial tribunal bestowing permanent status on the workers, the BMC challenged the verdict in the Bombay high court and the Supreme Court, subsequently losing the case. The verdict lambasts attempts by the BMC to enslave the workers and violate their fundamental rights, ostensibly to keep the city clean.

Their struggle affirms the fight for ensuring dignity and justice for workers, which is being trampled on across the world. For the 2,700 workers and their families who gathered at Azad Maidan on May 1 to celebrate International Labour Day and Maharashtra Day, the Supreme Court verdict is a turning point, allowing them the opportunity to lead a better life and educate their children.