T.N. activists write to all newly-elected MPs urging them to enact a new, comprehensive child labour law

T.N. activists write to all newly-elected MPs urging them to enact a new, comprehensive child labour law

Photograph used for representational purposes only | Photo Credit: RAO GN Child rights activists in Tamil Nadu have written to all newly-elected MPs, demanding the repeal of the Child and Adolescent Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act 1986 and its amendments. Calling for the immediate eradication of child labour in all its forms across the country, … Read more

Labour plans to ban under-16s buying high-caffeine energy drinks

Labour plans to ban under-16s buying high-caffeine energy drinks

Under-16s will be banned from buying high-caffeine energy drinks in England, if Labour wins 4 July’s general election. Drinks such as Monster, Prime and Red Bull would be blocked from sale, to protect children’s health – but Coca-Cola and Lucozade would not be covered by the ban. The proposal was welcomed by TV chef Jamie … Read more

Labour promises 100,000 extra child dental appointments

Labour promises 100,000 extra child dental appointments

Labour has promised to create 100,000 extra dental appointments for children, in a bid to clear backlogs in England. The new appointments will be for urgent and emergency care and on evenings and weekends, according to Labour’s plan if they win the general election. Access to an NHS dentist has become increasingly difficult in many … Read more

Labour promises to hit 18-week NHS waiting target within five years

Labour promises to hit 18-week NHS waiting target within five years

A target to start treatment within 18 weeks for most NHS patients in England will be hit within five years, Labour has promised. The party made the pledge as it set out details of how it would start making inroads into the backlog. This includes getting the NHS to do more out-of-hours, and making greater … Read more

Illegal profits from forced labour up by 37% in last 10 years to $236 billion per year: ILO

Illegal profits from forced labour up by 37% in last 10 years to $236 billion per year: ILO

Forced labour in the private economy generates $236 billion in illegal profits per year with the total amount of illegal profits from forced labour rising by $64 billion or 37% since 2014, the International Labour Organization (ILO) said on Tuesday. “This is a dramatic increase that has been fuelled by both a growth in the … Read more

What are labour rules for workers abroad? | Explained

What are labour rules for workers abroad? | Explained

A worker waits for his interview and skill test at the Maharshi Dayanand University in Rohtak on January 17, 2024 during a Haryana government recruitment drive to send workers to Israel. | Photo Credit: Reuters The story so far: The Uttar Pradesh and Haryana governments, with the help of the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), … Read more

Eliminate gender disparity in data to ensure better policies for women’s participation in labour: W20 summit communique

Eliminate gender disparity in data to ensure better policies for women’s participation in labour: W20 summit communique

Shamika Ravi, member, Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council, and chair of the W20 communique   An important area of the communique that was released on Thursday at the W20 Summit in Mamallapuram near Chennai, called for a focus on women’s education, skill development and labour participation.  The communique asked for all research regarding health, medical … Read more