This book provides a detailed examination of the impact of globalisation on plantation labour, dominated by women labour, in India. The studies presented here highlight the perpetuation of low wages, inferior social status and low human development of workers in this sector and point out the movement of labour away from this sector and the resultant labour shortage. It also highlights the perils involved in doing away with the Plantation Labour Act 1951 and provides a plausible way forward for improving the conditions of plantation workers.
Rich in empirical analysis, this volume will prove essential for scholars and researchers of labour economics, development studies, gender studies and sociology.
List of Tables.List of Figures and charts. List of Contributors. Foreword. Preface. 1. Globalisation, inclusive development and Plantation labour: An introduction2. Wages, mobility and labour market institutions in tea plantations:The case of West Bengal and Assam3. Women’s labour in the tea sector: Changing trajectories and emerging challenges4. Employment Status and human development of tea plantation workers in West Bengal5. Employment and livelihood of workers in natural rubber, black pepper and cardamom 6. Plantation Labour Act 1951 and social cost – The case of tea industry 7. Labour shortage in coffee plantation areas – Coping strategies of small growers in Kodagu district 8. Labour Shortage in rubber sector in Kerala: An analysis 9. Gender impact of trade reforms in India: An analysis of tea and rubber production sectors Index.