Work-Based Health Problems of Unorganized Women Workers in Coimbatore

  • A Sangamithra Professor, Department of Economics, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
  • T Athira Ph.D. Researcher Scholar, Department of Economics, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
Keywords: Health problems, Unorganized, Harsh, Unsafe, Sector, Exploitation, Livelihood, Income, Hazardous, Unhealthy


Female workers have to perform a double role in their workplace with harsh and unsafe working conditions, and also they have to manage their home. However, this female sector of our society is deprived when compared to the male sector. In the unorganized sector alone, 96 percent of women are working, and they are working in a very risky and harsh working conditions. There is no proper wage, sanitation, ventilation, and medical facilities, and facing exploitation too. Conversely, such livelihood is lower among those who are part of nuclear families, belonged to backward castes, have higher education, and earning higher monthly incomes. There should be adequate legislation and effective enforcement of the law to protect the unorganized women workers from hazardous and unhealthy working conditions. Occupational safety must be ensured by the employer, trade unions, and the government as well.

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