Migrant labour in the spotlight
A collection of news items on Wednesday’s accident at the Pachaiyappa’s College Metro Rail construction site in Chennai that killed one and injured six, and Monday’s accident at a construction site in Jeppiaar Institute of Technology in Kancheepuram district that killed ten workers.
The Hindu, August 7, 2012: 9 migrant workers killed in wall collapse
Nine migrant workers from Orissa and Assam were killed and three others injured when a wall under construction collapsed in an educational institution at Kunnam village in Sunguvarchatram police station limits on Monday.
The Hindu, August 8, 2012: Wall collapse: death toll rises to 10
The Hindu, August 9, 2012: Jeppiaar held in wall collapse case
Leading city educationist Jeppiaar was arrested on Thursday in connection with the death of 10 migrant workers on the premises of Jeppiaar Institute of Technology, Kunnam near Sunguvarchatram, two days ago.
The Hindu, August 9, 2012: Institute director held for wall collapse
The Sunguvarchatram police have arrested director, Jeppiaar Institute of Technology, Kunnam, Mariyawilson, and three others in connection with the death of 10 workers from other States on the educational institution premises on August 6.
The Hindu, August 9, 2012: Worker killed as crane crashes at Metro Rail site
In the first major accident at a Metro Rail construction site in the city, one worker died and six were injured on Wednesday evening.
The New Indian Express, August 9, 2012: Chennai: Crane collapse at metro rail site kills one
Expressing grief over the incident, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa announced a compensation of Rs one lakh for the family of the victim and Rs 25,000 each for the six persons injured and undergoing treatment at a nearby hospital.
The New Indian Express, August 9, 2012: Fury, frustration at Chennai Metro site
“Please let us in. We want to know the fate of our colleagues,” pleaded a worker as L&T officials denied them entry.
The New Indian Express, August 9, 2012: 1 killed, 6 injured as crane collapses at Metro Rail site
The New Indian Express, August 9, 2012: Chennai Metro site mishap
The Hindu, August 10, 2012: Metro Rail project work suspended
Construction on the Metro Rail project in the city came to a standstill on Thursday, following the accident at the Pachaiyappa’s College site that killed a worker and left six labourers injured a day earlier.
The Hindu, August 10, 2012: ‘Labour rights will make difference’
Denying migrant workers their right to register with various welfare departments remained a stumbling block in their betterment, said R. Geetha, additional secretary of Nirman Mazdoor Panchayat Sangam.
The Hindu, August 10, 2012: State will act to protect migrant workers: minister
The Hindu, August 10, 2012: TN will act to protect migrant workers, says minister
The Hindu, August 10, 2012: Crane collapse: Things could be worse, they say
The Hindu, August 10, 2012: Crane collapse: workers clueless about colleagues
The Hindu, August 10, 2012: Hours after accident, cops arrest two officials
In what is seen as a knee-jerk reaction, police take action even before cause of mishap at metro rail site is established.