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Indian workers’ rights suspended to restart the economy

The states say the changes will help businesses and get the economy back on track but workers are already paying the price.

India’s government is being accused of using the coronavirus emergency to exploit millions of workers.

After two months of lockdown, some of India’s biggest states have suspended most labour laws in a bid to restart the economy.

Trade unions say changes to working hours, wages and health and safety standards weaken workers’ rights at a time they cannot protest.

Al Jazeera’s Elizabeth Puranam reports from New Delhi.