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Driving a wedge: How the pandemic increased the trust deficit between labour and industry

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Synopsis

With factory units closing, economic activity at a halt, loss of jobs and many struggling to get home, the Covid shock strained relations further between labour and industry.

When the nationwide lockdown was announced in the country in March, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had urged employers not to engage in any layoff exercise. But this, expectedly, was easier said than done.Faced with mounting pressures of shut units, overhead expenses, and no money to pay salaries or rent, employers had resorted to a slew of layoffs and salary revisions across the board. Workers and employees were distraught and pointed to the

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