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Informal Workers’ Aggregation and Law

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dc.contributor.author Routh, Supriya
dc.date.accessioned 2019-07-31T16:50:56Z
dc.date.available 2019-07-31T16:50:56Z
dc.date.copyright 2016 en_US
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.citation Routh, S., (2016). Informal Workers’ Aggregation and Law. Theoretical Inquiries in Law, 17(1), 283-320. https://www7.tau.ac.il/ojs/index.php/til/article/view/1380 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://www7.tau.ac.il/ojs/index.php/til/article/view/1380
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/11002
dc.description Permission granted by (c) Theoretical Inquiries in Law, The Cegla Center for Interdisciplinary Research of the Law, The Buchmann Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University en_US
dc.description.abstract In India, more than ninety percent of the workforce is informal. In spite of this enormous percentage of informal workers, these workers remain invisible to law and policy circles. One of the reasons for such exclusion and invisibility is the absence of unionism involving informal workers. In order to overcome this invisibility, informal workers are increasingly organizing into associations that are different from traditional trade unions. These organizations devise their strategies and their legal statuses in view of the atypical characteristics of informal activities. In this Article, I document some of these organizations of self-employed informal workers in India – their characteristics and functions. On this basis, I contend that these organizations offer a model for collective action by informal workers. I argue that these associations are a sui generis organization of informal workers, and could become a precursor to solidarity-based collective initiatives by informal workers globally. In the backdrop to this proposition, I analyze the role of law in promoting such aggregation of informal workers in furtherance of their collective action. I argue that while organizations of informal workers in India employ the existing legal framework to the best of their advantage, the law fails to recognize some of their status as workers, thereby creating hurdles towards informal workers’ collective action. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Theoretical Inquiries in Law en_US
dc.title Informal Workers’ Aggregation and Law en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Faculty en_US
dc.description.reviewstatus Reviewed en_US


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