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Organizing Informal Labor in India: Alternate Perspectives

Indian Journal of Industrial Relations

Volume 53 Issue 3

Published: 2018
Author(s) Name: Varun Elembilassery | Author(s) Affiliation: Doctoral Student (Human Resource Mgt.), XLRI Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur, India.
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Abstract

Challenges to organizing informal workers in India are myriad. The objective of this study is to develop a conceptual understanding of the same and to propose alternative perspectives on collectivization of informal labor. The theoretical antecedents, definitional origins of the concept and different types of informal labor are explained. Further, the need and motivation to collectivize and the unique characteristics of informal labor are analyzed as an underpinning to the proposal made in the paper. The major challenges are discussed in detail to elucidate the need for alternative perspectives and the suitable adaptation methods are explained. Finally appropriate governance models based on the adaptation methods are examined.

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