ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Migrant WomenSubscribe to Migrant Women

Bound to Labour

With a surge in student and white-collar population, Pune has attracted migrant labourers to meet the demand for domestic work. This paper attempts to understand the lives of part-time female domestic workers in the Viman Nagar neighbourhood. It explores the current market conditions of domestic work by examining the wage trends and perceived negotiating power among respondents. By utilising the time-use surveys, it examines the time distribution of a female domestic worker’s day, and the resultant time poverty experienced due to the multiple shifts of domestic work. Delineating these two dimensions, this paper analyses the power relations that underpin interactions of the private and public realms within the informal sector. It further attempts to critique the gendered consequences of being a migrant domestic worker in a highly unregulated market space. 

Women at Work

This paper discusses the nature of the fish processing industry in India, focusing on issues concerning the migrant women workforce specifically. The fish processing industry employs migrant women workers on contract in almost all parts of the country. A detailed questionnaire was used to elicit information from the workers and the data collected have been supplemented with detail derived from observation and informal discussions with women workers. Information from the villages from where the women are recruited and from discussions with their friends, neighbours and relatives also forms a major part of the database.

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