Status of Shipbreaking Workers in India – A Survey – IMF (2007)


“What this survey now provides is an overview of the exploitative situation that over 60,000 workers confront, exposed to extremely dangerous and unhygienic working conditions, the majority of workers earning less then Rs 50 (1USD) per day. These workers are among the most vulnerable workers in our sectors, constantly migrating in search of seasonal jobs in the shipyards, subject to ruthless employers and totally ignored by the political authorities. Workplaces lack everything from drinking water to protective gear and medical aid, workers live in huts without sanitation or electricity, right beside the shipbreaking yards.”

“On the basis of this survey, it will be possible to evolve a model agreement on wages, working conditions and welfare measures for shipbreaking workers in India.”