Puducherry: Trade Unions jointly call for indefinite dharna against non-payment of wages
16 October 2018: Trade Unions jointly called for indefinite dharna in front of the legislative assembly against the non-payment of wages to workers employed in different government boards and corporations. The wage arrears date back from 10 months to even 3 years for some workers. The protest was joined by more than 10,000 workers employed at the 13 Public Sector Undertakings.
Puducherry Road Transport Corporation workers held a flash strike bringing transport services to a halt in the union territory in solidarity with the striking workers.
Delhi: East Delhi Municipal Corporation suspends 71 striking workers
08 October 2018: The East Delhi Municipal Corporation has suspended 71 workers to suppress the 26 day long strike of safai karmcharis who have been demanding timely payment of wages and permanency of contract workers. EDMC has been infamous for delay in payment of wages and exploitation of contract workers. This is the ninth strike of Safai Karmcharis in the EDMC since 2015.
Haryana: Workers protest outside Deputy Commissioner’s office in Gurugram against anti-worker labour policies
08 October 2018: More than 1500 workers came together to protest against the anti-labour policies of the Haryana government. The workers demanded that the government repeal Fixed Term Employment and amendments in the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947 which allow companies to retrench up to 300 workmen without prior permission from the government.
The workers were also opposed to the National Employability Enhancement Mission claiming that the scheme has allowed companies to hire and fire contract workers at meagre wages in the name of skill development. Haryana government has been boasting amendments in 18 labour laws to boost ‘Ease of Doing Business’.
Andhra Pradesh: Vizag Steel Plant kneels to worker demands, puts conveyor contract system on hold
05 October 2018: The Vizag Steel Plant has retracted its decision to contract out the maintenance of conveyor systems under pressure from Trade Unions. The Trade Unions has launched a joint campaign against the conveyor contract system as it would increase the expenditure of the company to contract out a vital function of the steel plant.
VSP has asked Trade Unions to submit their recommendations within a month for a feasible contract system for the sinter plant.
Workers and farmers march to Delhi demanding universal pension
01 October 2018: Around 10,000 farmers and workers from across the country marched to Delhi under the banner of Pension Parishad demanding a universal pension scheme. According to a report released by HelpAge India less than one third of elderly receive pension in India. Pension Parishad demanded a that the pension be increased from existing ₹200 to ₹3000 per month as the purchasing power of the existing pension amount which was set in 2007 has declined considerably when adjusted for inflation.