Tom Barnes is an economic sociologist at the Institute for Religion, Politics, and Society at Australian Catholic University in Melbourne. His research primarily focuses on insecure, precarious, and informal work in Australia and Asia (especially India and Indonesia). He has written a book, Informal Labour in Urban India: Three Cities, Three Journeys (Routledge, 2015) and is completing a second book on the Indian automotive industry with Cambridge University Press.
A massive, nationwide strike—popularised as Bharat Bandh (literally ‘India closed’ in Hindi/Sanskrit)—caused major disruption to India’s economy on 2 September 2016. Some unions have claimed this was the largest general strike in history, with up to one hundred and fifty million workers involved and costs to business of around 2.7 billion US dollars. While these figures […]