No Look-Wages! A minister vows to root out ‘nokkukooli’--the onlooker wages

Outlook/October 10, 2011
Easing The Load...
  • ’Attimari’ is an extortionate system of wages that headload workers’ unions in Kerala imposed for loading/unloading goods
  • If you use outside workers, the union insists on compensation, ‘nokkukooli’, literally, wages for looking on. Union might has kept this practice alive for decades.
  • Labour minister S.B. John has vowed to root out nokkukooli, starting with Trivandrum.
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