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India's reforms target labour anarchy, but too late for some

Proposed changes will increase flexibility to hire, and fire, seasonal workers but are also likely to hike costs for firms

Orient Craft's bright, ventilated factories are recognised as offering better conditions than most. It's known for taking good care of its 32,000 employees. But even its chairman recognises that the system is not working.

New Delhi

LAST month, hundreds of workers went on the rampage at a factory belonging to garment exporter Orient Craft, torching vehicles and smashing windows in the gritty industrial fringes of Gurgaon, a Delhi satellite city.

Increasingly common in Indian workplaces, these violent...