Balwant Singh Mehta and Megha Shree
Indian Journal of Labour Economics, v. 59 , iss. 2 , Jun 2016
This paper examines the qualitative aspect of women’s employment in modern Indian industries through a case study of the electronics manufacturing industry. The results reveal that this industry is gender-unequal; women increasingly hold regular, salaried jobs, but in low-paid, low-productive occupations, and are paid much less than men and given fewer social security benefits. These women are mostly young, single, and from lower caste, and either highly educated or illiterate. Few of the firms that employ them have a union. Very few women are
union members, and have bargaining power. The paper ends with a set of policy recommendations.