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ALF has worked on fact-finding reports, research, advocacy and litigating on issues of workers’ rights, injustices faced by both formal and informal sector workers and laws and bills affecting their livelihoods.

Resignations and Resistance Amidst State Inaction: Chronicling Garment Work During the Pandemic
/ Advocacy, Published by ALF

Resignations and Resistance Amidst State Inaction: Chronicling Garment Work During the Pandemic

This volume is a compilation of three reports produced over the course of the years 2020 and 2021. The report ‘Garment Workers, COVID-19 pandemic and the Lockdown: A report from South Karnataka’ was published jointly by Garment Mahila Karmikara Munnade and Alternative Law Forum in May 2020. The report ‘Laid Off During ...
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How Places Matter - Understanding Workers’ Responses to Garment Factory Closures during the Pandemic in Bengaluru and Srirangapatna
/ Advocacy, In the Press

How Places Matter – Understanding Workers’ Responses to Garment Factory Closures during the Pandemic in Bengaluru and Srirangapatna

The paper looks at the phenomenon of forced resignations in the garment industry in Karnataka during the pandemic. It demonstrates how workers’ responses to forced resignations were determined by whether they were located in the city (Bengaluru) or a small town (Srirangapatna) and calls for an engagement with the local ...
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Anti-Trafficking Bill: A travesty of legal principles
/ Advocacy, In the Press

Anti-Trafficking Bill: A travesty of legal principles

THE BILL CRIMINALISES THE LIVES AND LIVELIHOODS OF THOSE IT PURPORTS TO SAVE. The Union government is likely to introduce the Anti-Trafficking Bill, 2021, in the ongoing session of Parliament. This follows the lapse of the 2018 version, which was passed only in the Lok Sabha. The 2021 Bill, however, ...
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Forced Resignations, Stealthy Closures
/ Advocacy, Published by ALF

Forced Resignations, Stealthy Closures

Forced Resignations, Stealthy Closures is an account of the losses faced by garment workers in Bengaluru city during the course of the pandemic in the year 2020. It documents the phenomenon of ‘forced resignations’ in the garment industry whereby factory managements who want to close down or reduce workforce construct situations ...
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Laid-off during the pandemic: A case-study of the closure of a garment factory
/ Advocacy, Published by ALF

Laid-off during the pandemic: A case-study of the closure of a garment factory

To download the English report, click here.To download the English Executive Summary, click here.ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಡೌನ್ ಲೋಡ್ ಮಾಡಬಹುದು ...
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Everyday Resistance
/ Published by ALF

Everyday Resistance

Everyday Resistance Report. The report documents sexual harassment experiences of women working in the unorganised sector. You can download it here ...
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Contract Pourakarmikas Struggle Relentlessly for Better Wages: Lekha KG
/ Advocacy

Contract Pourakarmikas Struggle Relentlessly for Better Wages: Lekha KG

After relentless struggle of more than three years demanding for better wages, the BBMP Guttige Pourakarmikara Sangha (BBMP Contract Pourakarmika Union – affiliated with AICCTU) was successful in compelling the State government to increase the monthly wages payable to guttige pourakarmikas. On August 14th, 2016, the State Government issued a ...
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Demonetization, the informal economy and civil society
/ Advocacy

Demonetization, the informal economy and civil society

The 50 days of the ‘Demon’ are now done. Even as the nation waits in apprehension, wanting to know what lies next, there have been several humorous responses to the same. Church Street Social, an upscale pub in Bangalore has announced that their customers can get a drink of beer ...
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The Aesthetics of Discrimination: Street Vendors and Public Spaces
/ Advocacy

The Aesthetics of Discrimination: Street Vendors and Public Spaces

A few weeks ago, a number of street vendors were illegally evicted by the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewage Board following a complaint by a local resident (who also happened to be a Member of the Ruling Party). The complaint was based on the notion that street vendors were an ...
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Order by Karnataka HC directing that Street Vendors Act must be followed while making Streets Safer for Pedestrians
/ Advocacy

Order by Karnataka HC directing that Street Vendors Act must be followed while making Streets Safer for Pedestrians

Karnataka High Court has passed an interim order that provisions of Street Vendors Act must not be violated by the Government while implementing earlier orders of the Court in the PIL to make streets safer and friendlier for pedestrians.The order is reproduced below for reference. If anyone hears of any ...
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High Court Order in Bangalore Metro Rail Construction Workers’ Case
/ Advocacy

High Court Order in Bangalore Metro Rail Construction Workers’ Case

Following is the order passed by the Karnataka High Court in the BMRCL construction workers case, which raised the issue of violation of various legislations governing workmen working on the Bangalore Metro Rail Project ...
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Call for Public Comments on Framework for Rules on Rights of Street Vendors
/ Advocacy

Call for Public Comments on Framework for Rules on Rights of Street Vendors

The Central Government recently passed an act to protect the rights of street vendors – the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihoods and Regulation)Act, 2014. The Karnataka government through a G.O dated 14/07/2014 , No. NaAE81MLR has constituted a committee under the chairpersonship of the Director, Municipal Administration to frame rules for ...
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Fact Finding Report: Death of Manual Scavenging Workers in Hasan, 9 July 2011
/ Advocacy, Fact Finding Report

Fact Finding Report: Death of Manual Scavenging Workers in Hasan, 9 July 2011

Read on Scribd here. Fact Finding Report: Death ... by altlawforum ...
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A Milestone Verdict in the Domestic Worker Struggle
/ Advocacy, In the Press

A Milestone Verdict in the Domestic Worker Struggle

Papamma, a domestic worker in Bangalore, took her employers to court and managed to receive a favourable judgment. This is a historic victory for perhaps the most vulnerable segment of unorganised workers, made possible by the support of a trade union, a dedicated team of advocates and a labour officer ...
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Fact Finding Report: Death of Manhole Workers in Kolar
/ Advocacy, Fact Finding Report

Fact Finding Report: Death of Manhole Workers in Kolar

Yet again two unfortunate victims lost their lives to asphyxiation in manholes. This time the ‘accident’ repeated itself on 11th December 2010, at a manhole near the R.T.O. in Kolar city ending the lives of Shri Manjunath and Shri Rajanna. ALF carried out a fact finding report, which can be ...
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Fact Finding Report: Death of Three Manual Scavengers in Karimsaab Layout, 9 May 2009
/ Advocacy, Fact Finding Report

Fact Finding Report: Death of Three Manual Scavengers in Karimsaab Layout, 9 May 2009

The three sanitary workers (manual scavengers) – Rajanna, Shivu, and Pampanna – died due to asphyxiation when they entered the soak pit of the house belonging to Jayaram at Jayanna to clean it at Karimsaab Layout. This Report was collated by ALF and sent to the Karnataka Human Rights Commission ...
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Fact- Finding Report on the Death of Workers on Construction Site, 21st April, 2009
/ Fact Finding Report

Fact- Finding Report on the Death of Workers on Construction Site, 21st April, 2009

Report by Kattada Karmikara Hittarakshane Samiti --------------------------------------- The deaths of and injuries to construction workers have now become a regular occurrence, which one is witness to everyday. On 21st April, 2009 one worker fell from the 4th floor of a new college building under construction on Hennur Ring Road. A ...
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Complaint to the SHRC: Death of 1 person & Injury to 1 person while laying of underground drainage in Vyalikaval
/ Advocacy

Complaint to the SHRC: Death of 1 person & Injury to 1 person while laying of underground drainage in Vyalikaval

Complaint to the SHRC in regard to the deaths of 1 person and injury to 1 person during laying of underground drainage in Vyalikaval on March 8th , 2009 9th March, 2009 Bangalore Dear Sir, We would like to bring to your attention the death of 1 person and the ...
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Labour Camp in Narayanpura (near Kristu Jayanthi College, opposite Banyan Tree)
/ Fact Finding Report

Labour Camp in Narayanpura (near Kristu Jayanthi College, opposite Banyan Tree)

About 12 extremely small huts made of plastic sheets are home to these migrant families from the villages of Mundrigi, Ramachandra, nandapalli, Myalapura and Balichakri in Yadgiri taluk, Gulbarga district. Some of the families have been working as construction labourers in Bangalore for the past 25 years. However, only one ...
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Representations on Manual Scavengers’ Death in Bengaluru
/ Advocacy, Fact Finding Report

Representations on Manual Scavengers’ Death in Bengaluru

Date:14.07.2008 Bangalore To, The Chairperson National Human Rights Commission New Delhi. Sub: Death of two workers due to asphyxiation having being trapped in manhole, in Bangalore City Ref: Case no. 51/10/15/08-09/UC in regard to the death of two manhole workers and injury to five in K.R. Nagar in Karnataka Dear ...
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Another Construction Worker dies: Accident at small residential complex in Chikkalsandra
/ Fact Finding Report

Another Construction Worker dies: Accident at small residential complex in Chikkalsandra

On 04.07.2008, the Kannada daily “Praja Vani” reported an accident at a construction site at Chikkalsandra in which one construction worker Raju (25 years) of Tamila Nadu died while another Thirupathi also of T.N. (Krishnagiri) was injured as mud caved in on them when they were digging a trench for ...
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The tradegy at Shobha Magnolia Two construction workers dead and seven critically injured: Banerghatta
/ Fact Finding Report

The tradegy at Shobha Magnolia Two construction workers dead and seven critically injured: Banerghatta

Report by People’s Union for Civil Liberties, Karnataka Domestic Workers Union, Slum Jagatthu, Janapara Vedike, Samanatha Mahila Vedike, Stree Jagruthi, Human Rights Law Network and Alternative Law Forum. --------------------------------------- The deaths of and injuries to construction workers have now become a regular occurrence. Even before the news of the death ...
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Guide to Workmen’s Compensation Act
/ Published by ALF

Guide to Workmen’s Compensation Act

To download the English Version, click here. For the Kannada Version, click here ...
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Law Relating to Minimum Wages (English & Kannada)
/ Published by ALF

Law Relating to Minimum Wages (English & Kannada)

To download the English Version, click here. For the Kannada Version, click here.http://altlawforum.org/publications/guide-to-workmens-compensation-act/ ...
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