Centre for Labour Studies

It has been set up as interdisciplinary Centre able to address various issues that define regulation and governance in employment relations.

It seeks to primarily engage with five issues: labour law and regulation; trade unions and collective bargaining; labour law governance, in Karnataka; understanding employment relations and structure of industry in select sectors of informal and formal employment and precarious work and forced labour. In connection with this engagement, CLS has undertaken research, held seminars and workshops and engaged with trade unions, labour economists, academicians and labour department on specific issues of rights of workers.

Centre Co-Directors: Prof. Babu Mathew & Dr. Saurabh Bhattacharjee


Prof. Babu Mathew

Babu Mathew

Dr. Saurabh Bhattacharjee

Jasoon Chelat


Article | A mirage sold as a panacea for the unorganised sector

December 9, 2020

This article published in The Hindu was authored by the MPP Faculty Mohan Mani and Prof Babu Mathew from NLSIU. Extract: “The labour codes will only better India’s ‘ease of doing business’ ranking instead of...

The Night of Global Social Rights | International conversation on social rights and international solidarity 

April 16, 2021

NLS faculty member and Director of the Centre for Labour Studies, Prof Babu Mathew will be speaking at ‘The Night of Global Social Rights’ –  a 24 hour conversation around the world on social rights...
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