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India is in support of the Recommendation pertaining to ‘The Employment and Decent Work for Peace and Resilience (No.205)’, adopted by ILO in 2015. Cabinet to put ILO recommendations into practice. The International Labour Organisation provides guidance to its member states, including India, on the measures to be taken to generate employment and decent work for the purposes of prevention, recovery, peace and resilience, with respect to crisis situations arising from conflicts and disasters. The Union Cabinet has given its approval for placing the new Instrument adopted by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Recommendation concerning “The Employment and Decent Work for Peace and Resilience (No.205)” before the Parliament. The International Labour Conference of ILO at its 106th session held in Geneva in June, 2015 adopted the Recommendation, and India supported the same. The Recommendation also emphasises the need to ensure respect for all human rights and the rule of law, including respect for fundamental principles and rights at work and for International Labour Standards, in particular, those rights and principles relevant to employment and decent work. Each member state of ILO is required to submit the instruments so adopted, before the competent authority (the Parliament in case of India). The adoption and placing of the Instrument for the information of the Parliament does not create any immediate obligation. An ILO Recommendation is a non-binding instrument, which seeks to serve as a guiding principle for the national policy process.The Recommendation affirms the need to develop and strengthen measures of social protection, as a means of preventing crises, enabling recovery and building resilience. It states that Members should adopt a phased multi-track approach implementing coherent and comprehensive strategies for promoting peace, preventing crises, enabling recovery and building resilience. The approach should include promotion of local economic recovery for employment and decent work opportunities, as well as socio-economic reintegration, social protection and social inclusion, sustainable development, the creation of sustainable enterprises (in particular small and medium-sized enterprises); ensuring consultation and encouraging active participation of employers' and workers' organisations in planning, implementing and monitoring measures for recovery and resilience. The Recommendation No. 205 is applicable to all workers and jobseekers, and to all employers, in all sectors of the economy affected by crisis situations arising from conflicts and disasters. It is also applicable to workers engaged in crisis response, including those involved in immediate response.

Source: HR Katha

It will allow any employee across levels and functions to anonymously report any safety lapses.Indian Railways to get a whistleblower website for 14 lakh employees. Indian Railways can be compared to a small country. Its 14 lakh employees exceed the population of Bahrain or Mauritius. Managing such a large base of employees, spread across even the remotest parts of the country, can be a huge challenge. There could be a gateman sleeping on duty or a trackman not doing proper maintenance checks. The fact remains, that one small act of negligence can cost hundreds of lives. To handle this massive workforce, which will also improve the safety levels of passengers, the Indian Railways is all set to launch a whistleblower website for its employees. It will allow any employee across levels and functions to report any safety lapses without revealing their identity. Many a time employees refrain from reporting such incidents fearing backlash, which could cost their jobs.

Source: HR Katha


Audi India Flies with Jet Airways Boeing 737 Audi India yet again did it in style - the brand with the four rings gave wings to its #A5BratPack campaign through a distinctive brand activation with Jet Airways. Jet Airways' Boeing 737 airplane is being used as a perfect example of progressive Out-of-home (OOH) platform in the form of an 'Airplane Wrap' promoting the AudiA5 product line up, aimed at Audi prospects and customers boarding flights from multiple domestic locations.

Source: AdAge India, February 06, 2018

Government’s infrastructure projects, social welfare schemes may create 5 million jobs a year The government's infrastructure development projects and social welfare schemes can generate at least five million jobs every year, absorbing nearly half of the 10 million people who annually enter the country's workforce, an analysis of Budget data shows.

Source: The Economic Times, February 06, 2018

Adobe closes the gender pay gap in India As per the latest media report, Adobe after having closed the gender pay gap in the United States of America in 2017, and having stated that it would do so in India as well by early 2018, has now announced that it has achieved its goal.

Source: People Matters, January 31, 2018

Ingvar Kamprad, the man behind IKEA, dies at 91 IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad, who turned a small-scale mail order business started on his family's farm into a furniture empire by letting customers piece together his simple and inexpensive furniture themselves, has died at age 91. Kamprad died on Saturday at his home in Smaland, in southern Sweden, the chain's Swedish unit, IKEA Sverige, said on Twitter on Sunday.

Source: The Economic Times, January 28, 2018

SBI to hire over 9000 in customer operationand sales Recruitment: Following the merger of the associate banks with itself and the subsequent reduction in the employee headcount by over 10,000 SBI is now recruiting and redeploying staff.

Source: People Matters, January 23, 2018

Digital payments may not be as pervasive as believed post demonetization Manick Baasha would hang his head in shame if he ever met Anna Durai and his 'Amazing Auto' on Chennai's Old Mahabalipuram Road. The epic role played by Rajinikanth, of a maverick autorickshaw driver-turned-gangster in Kollywood blockbuster Baasha, may not match Durai's ingenuity, or flair for some harmless showmanship. 

Source: The Economic Times, January 24, 2018

EPF interest rates likely to remain unchanged at 8.65% Compensation Benefits: The interest rates on employee provident fund will remain same as 2017 at 8.65 percent. For the extra 0.15 percent payout,the central government will dip into shares held by the EPFO.

Source: People Matters, January 22, 2018