On 19 April 2016, Paryavaran Evam Prodyogiki Utthan Samiti(PEPUS) organised a legal literacy camp for migrant workers and labourers at village Mamai, Kaudihar block, Dist.- Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh. The camp was held to make migrant workers aware of their rights and entitlements. It is the first step towards work security and empowerment.
Mr. Puneet, Program Manager, discussed the role of community participation in dealing with government bodies especially the Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs). Workers must not hesitate to approach the Pradhan and other representatives in taking up serious issues regarding their living conditions. He said that the legal counsel sits every month at labour help centers to resolve labour disputes.He appealed to the participants to actively participate in the upcoming GramSabha Meeting and feel free to express their grievances in front of the PRIs.
PROCESS OF REGISTRATION AT THE LABOR DEPARTMENT
Mr. Hiramani, Block Coordinator explained the process of registration of the workers with the Labor Department. He stressed that the choices that migrant workers make—whether to migrate or work locally– must be well thought . Working under MNREGA may provide them comparatively less wages but the registration with the labour department becomes easier as the working days are documented. They can benefit from 15 schemes worth 8 lakh in their life time if they are duly registered and regularly renewed at the labour department.
AGREEABLE DOCUMENTS BETWEEN THE EMPLOYER AND LABOURER
Mr. Krishna Kant Tiwari , Block Coordinator shed light on the importance of a legal agreement with the employer / contractor before starting work. He highlighted the concept of Iqrarnamana which is a written justiciable document between the labourer and the employer. Getting into agreement would preclude any loss of wages or any infringement of the contract.
Mr. Rajkumar spoke about the legal provisions that cover unorganized labourer especially migrant labourers. He emphasized the point that the law dictates that the wages of male and female workers must be equal and there should be no discrimination.
ABOUT THE ORGANISER
PEPUS is a non-government organisation that runs from Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh. It works towards overall welfare and well-being of migrant workers. It has taken up several initiatives like security of migrant workers, women’s livelihood, youth skill development training and placement, counseling of labourers, youth skill development programs. Till date, 33293 migrant workers with the Shramik Sahayata Kendra and 2189 bank accounts have opened with the help of the organisation.
You can visit them here: www.pepus.ngo
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