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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Home-Based Workers
India Include Notification on Min. Wages in Gazette Deecan Herald . (17 May 2012)

Beedi workers staged a protest against the State government in front of Assistant Labour Commissioner’s Office in Mangalore on Thursday, to demand the government to include the notification on the minimum wages for beedi workers in the gazette.

India Survey Points to Low Women Workforce The Telegraph . (12 May 2012)

Women in Bihar are hardly included in the workforce — be it in villages or town.

India Three Cheers for Gujarat’s Big Ben The Times of India . (12 May 2012)

Three prestigious international honours will be bestowed upon big ben from Gujarat, Ela Bhatt, founder-director of Self Employed Women's Association (Sewa), who helped turn around lives of million-odd women through her co-operative and micro-finance initiatives.

India Four International Honours to Fete Ela Bhatt in a Week Daily News and Analysis (DNA) . (12 May 2012)

Sewa founder Ela Bhatt will be conferred with three prestigious international honours, including the Roosevelt Medal, all in a week.

India Revolution in Gujarat’s Blood Daily News and Analysis . (4 May 2012)
By Jitendra Dave & Kinjal Desai, .

Even a small incident, like a woman worker from the unorganised sector getting less pay, led to agitations across sectors.

Pakistan Beyond Minimum Wage: ‘Workers Need More Protections’ The Express Tribune . (2 May 2012)
By Shaukat, Aroosa.

While the Punjab government announced plans on Tuesday to raise the minimum wage for unskilled workers from Rs7,000 to Rs9,000 per month, labour rights activists demanded more effective mechanisms to provide rights to workers.

Pakistan Country Needs Legal Cover to Protect Home-based Workers Pakistan Observer . (2 May 2012)

There are 8.52 million home based workers in the country representing 60% of women work force denied of rights extended to workers defined as laborers in the country.

Pakistan HBWs’ Policy to Improve Living Standard Finalised Daily Times . (1 May 2012)

The Punjab government has finalised a comprehensive policy for Home-Based Workers (HBWs) of Punjab to recognise them as workers and improve their living standard.

Pakistan The Labour Union The International News . (1 May 2012)

However, the plight of labourers remained unresolved in Pakistan over the year. The situation in the country’s industrial and other sectors is alarming, as only four per cent of the workforce of 53 million is covered under the unions.

India Sri Lanka We're the World, Sewa Women Sing at 40 The Times of India . (26 April 2012)
By Nair, Nisha.

For war widows of northeast Sri Lanka - who have no family wealth or alternate source of income - the Self Employed Women's Association (Sewa) training programme initiated by the Lankan government turned out to be a boon.