Assessing Workplace Equity in the Unorganized Sector: Challenges and Opportunities

  • Sargam Gupta
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  • Sargam Gupta

    Student at O.P. Jindal Global Law School, India

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The success of a workplace is intricately tied to its inclusivity and equity, crucial for unlocking the potential of its members. This article explores workplace equity in the Indian context, where workplace inclusivity encompasses various demographics. However, existing literature predominantly focuses on the organized urban sector, overlooking the complexities of the unorganized sector that employs 82.17% of India's workforce. The unorganized sector presents unique challenges, including seasonal employment, lack of regulatory oversight, and ingrained societal biases. Existing workplace equity policies designed for the organized sector prove ineffective in this context, leaving workers vulnerable to exploitation and discrimination. Government initiatives, though commendable, lack specificity for the diverse needs of this workforce.The way forward involves expanding the definition of the workplace to include the unorganized sector and fostering collaboration between government, NGOs, and the private sector. Awareness programs must target not only workers but also employers, emphasizing the importance of workplace equity. Concrete actions, like incentivized shops, mobile toilets, and CSR initiatives, are essential to address basic facilities and empower vulnerable groups. In conclusion, achieving workplace equity in the unorganized sector requires a holistic and inclusive approach, recognizing diverse identities, addressing infrastructural challenges, and involving multiple stakeholders in this complex and decentralized landscape.




International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 6, Issue 6, Page 3403 - 3409


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