Help daily wages workers to earn their livelihood
Usually, wage determination in a given labour market depends on several factors: the nature of work, identity, the average experience of the worker in a vocation, home state of the worker and more. We observed that workers who have worked in the city for a longer duration – for example, 10 years – began their wage negotiations at a higher level.
The plunge took in wages of daily workers since the Covid-19 lockdown has been severe. In Lucknow, mean daily wages fell from Rs 430 per day to Rs 360 per day. In Pune, wage rates fell from Rs 450 per day to Rs 390 per day.
Despite so many factors influencing a worker’s wage rate, there is limited variation in the daily wage within the same category of work; construction workers were on average paid between Rs 400-Rs 500 days before the pandemic, and painters were paid around Rs 700-Rs 800 daily.