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Convention on unorganised labour in Nagpur from tomorrow

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Nagpur, Oct 25 (UNI) A three-day national convention on social security for unorganised workers begins here from tomorrow.

Maharashtra Minister for Public Works Anil Deshmukh will inaugurate the convention, which is expected to be attended, among others, by Marc Souquet from the Internal Labour Organisation (ILO), Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) activist Medha Patkar, senior trade union leader Dr Shanti Patel and others.

Addressing a press conference here today, J John, Executive Director of the New Delhi-based Centre for Education and Communication (CEC), said the convention would focus on the proposed Social Security Bill, now under the consideration of the Central Government. It would also discuss the social security for unorganised labour, employment regulation and livelihood protection, he said.

The convention, the first of its kind in the country, was being held because of the increasing vulnerability and exploitation of unorganised workers as a result of globalisation, John said. Over 500 delegates from various voluntary organisations were expected to participate in the deliberations, he also said.

The convention is being hosted by a consortium of 14 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working among unorganised labour, including CEC, Delhi Forum, Human Rights Law Network, Indian Social Institute, National Alliance on Fundamental Right to Education (all based in Delhi), Bindrai Institute for Research Study and Action (Ranchi), Foundation for Educational Innovations in Asia (Bangalore), Laya (Vishakhapatnam) and Youth for Voluntary Action (Mumbai).

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