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A day in the life of workers on International Labour Day

Updated : 2019-05-01 19:52:54

John Stuart Mill once said of the world of work, “It is questionable if all the mechanical inventions yet made have lightened the day’s toil of any human being." Today, automation in manufacturing is raising fears around the world of joblessness while in India the unemployment rate has sharply spiked. A job – for millions upon millions of men, women and children across India – is still not without its challenges and fears. Of low pay, poor working, conditions, little or no social security or medical coverage and the sheer burden of toil. On May Day, the international day of the worker, here is a photographic portrait of the Indian working class who relentlessly toil against great odds.

A worker catches a break inside a rail wheel factory as the world celebrated International Workers' Day on May 1. Also known as May Day, the day marks the acceptance of a maximum of 8 hours as an employee’s official working hours in a day and honours the sacrifices and protests of workers during the 19th century.
A worker catches a break inside a rail wheel factory as the world celebrated International Workers' Day on May 1. Also known as May Day, the day marks the acceptance of a maximum of 8 hours as an employee’s official working hours in a day and honours the sacrifices and protests of workers during the 19th century.
A welder at a rail wheel factory in West Bengal as the world celebrated International Workers' Day on May 1. 
A welder at a rail wheel factory in West Bengal as the world celebrated International Workers' Day on May 1. 
A worker at a furnace in a rail wheel factory as the world celebrated International Workers' Day on May 1. 
A worker at a furnace in a rail wheel factory as the world celebrated International Workers' Day on May 1. 
Women carry bricks while working in a brick kiln. Labour Day is celebrated on May 1 every year to commemorate the accomplishments of workers.
Women carry bricks while working in a brick kiln. Labour Day is celebrated on May 1 every year to commemorate the accomplishments of workers.
Coolies (porters) carry a sack of garbage at Azadpur Mandi in New Delhi. 
Coolies (porters) carry a sack of garbage at Azadpur Mandi in New Delhi. 
Foundry workers are seen at a heavy engineering plant in Kolkata. 
Foundry workers are seen at a heavy engineering plant in Kolkata. 
A garbage collector at Ghazipur dump yard in New Delhi picking up trash for a living. Labour Day is celebrated on May 1 every year to commemorate the accomplishments of workers.
A garbage collector at Ghazipur dump yard in New Delhi picking up trash for a living. Labour Day is celebrated on May 1 every year to commemorate the accomplishments of workers.
Welders are seen at a railway factory in Titagarh near Kolkata. Labour Day is celebrated on May 1 every year to commemorate the accomplishments of workers.
Welders are seen at a railway factory in Titagarh near Kolkata. Labour Day is celebrated on May 1 every year to commemorate the accomplishments of workers.
Workers are seen at a road construction site on the National Highway 8. 
Workers are seen at a road construction site on the National Highway 8. 
A worker working on road repairing project in New Delhi. 
A worker working on road repairing project in New Delhi. 
A worker transports harvested sugar cane on a bullock cart at Solapur, Maharashtra. Labour Day is celebrated on May 1 every year to commemorate the accomplishments of workers.
A worker transports harvested sugar cane on a bullock cart at Solapur, Maharashtra. Labour Day is celebrated on May 1 every year to commemorate the accomplishments of workers.
Farmer's transport sugar cane to a factory. Labour Day is celebrated on May 1 every year to commemorate the accomplishments of workers.
Farmer's transport sugar cane to a factory. Labour Day is celebrated on May 1 every year to commemorate the accomplishments of workers.
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