Migrant daily-wage workers from Lucknow are facing tumulus times as employment opportunities are scare and execution of government policies is poor. Team CNES brings to you on ground footage of the daily-wage workers from the labour addas of Lucknow.

In Part II of Video-Essays, archived as part of the Storyboard, The Mazdoor Mandis of Metros, listens to voices of daily-wage workers from Lucknow. It focuses on how the economic-crisis surfacing from the pandemic (& lockdown) has impacted their working conditions with little to no work available in the mandis (labor market), making day-to-day survival for themselves and families extremely difficult.

Hear the voices of daily-wage workers as they share the tribulations they faced during the pandemic. Dampened demand for labour has been inflicting acute economic distress and severely affecting living standards. Team CNES brings to you on-ground coverage of the Daily wage workers in Lucknow.

Highlighting the voices of the daily wage labourers, Team CNES dives into a conversation to understand the problems faced by these workers when both the demand and the wage rate of their services took a back seat in the lockdown. These people continue to suffer with the pandemic leaving them absolutely no choice. In the hopes of a better tomorrow, many of them continue to visit the labour addas for work on an everyday basis.

Small and medium scale businesses have always provided a strong backbone to many people in the Indian economy. The blow they suffered in the lockdown has left them struggling, making it difficult to find a steady path to full recovery. These stories are not just of businesses collapsing but the people who have been self employed and depended on them.

In the Fourth Edition of CNES’s coverage from the Labour Addas in Lucknow, women talk about their perennial suffering in the labour market during the pandemic. Most of these women come from a rural background where they are the only breadwinner in the whole family and with low wages and an immense amount of debts, it has become strenuous to run the household and fulfil the daily needs. Seeking aid from the government also seems like a dead-end for most of these daily-wage workers.

Pune, Maharashtra has been a hub for construction projects making a popular city for migrant workers. With the pandemic and the sudden halt of this sector, hear the stories that communicate more than the mere figures of the depleting economy.

As part of the Mazdoor Mandis of Metros initiative, CNES captured the on ground catastrophic effects of the pandemic on women daily-wage workers of Pune. Most of them lost their jobs as a waged or domestic worker during the lockdown and now they struggle to find labour in a crisis hit employment sector of the economy which fails to cater their household and livelihood needs. These women also come from troubled households and poverty stricken families where they single-handedly manage the earnings and expenses without much support. The ill-treatment and minimum amount of aid from the government officials and the community at large further added to their struggle.