Year: 2019

McDonald’s in trouble

26 November 2019: McDonald’s will pay $26 million to resolve claims the fast-food chain skimmed wages from some 38,000 workers at its corporate-run outlets across California. The preliminary accord settles a years-long legal battle that began in 2013 when Los Angeles McDonald’s worker Maria Sanchez with three other employees filed suit against the company. The suit […]

US: Google fires 4 employees for unionizing

South Africa: SA Airways bows down to Union demand 29 November 2019: Struggling national airline South African Airways (SAA) was final forced to pay the outstanding salaries to its employees. The SAA board met with Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan in a bid to find a solution to the financial crisis faced by the national airline. […]

Workplace Safety Watch – November 2019

Sanitation On November 25, Ashok (35) was killed of asphyxiation while Rohit (30), Sai (50) and Gorelal (35) were grievously injured while cleaning a sewer in the North West Delhi’s Shakurpur area. All 4 workers were employed on contract by PWD. The police have arrested the contractor Rajkumar (27) and private supervisor Babloo Ram (25) […]

Textile workers forced back to work after a week of protest for wage hike

Andhra Pradesh: TRANSCO contract workers demand regularisation 29 November 2019: Contract workers of Transmission Corporation of Andhra Pradesh staged a protest at Vijaywada demanding that the State government absorb the contract employees in the electricity department and implement direct payment system for them under the aegis of the Andhra Pradesh Vidyuth Contract Employees Joint Action […]

Right to strike depends on nature of work, Madras High Court orders striking doctors back to work

Tamil Nadu: Right to strike depends on nature of work, Madras High Court orders striking doctors back to work 1 November 2019: A division bench of Justices M. Sathyanarayanan and N. Seshasayee directed the striking doctors to return to work stating that right to strike depends on the nature of work. Health services are covered […]

Punjab: Government exempts new start-ups and MSMEs from complying to labour laws

Government introduces Code on Industrial Relations in Lok Sabha 29 November 2019: The Industrial Relations Code 2019 was introduced in the Lok Sabha on 29 November 2019. The Code will consolidate the Trade Unions Act, 1926; the Industrial Establishment (Standing Orders) Act 1946 and the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947. The proposed code will legitimize hire […]

The Empire Zinc Company Strike

69 years ago, on 17 October, workers of the Empire Zinc Company in New Mexico, USA affiliated to the International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers finished their day’s shift and formed a picket line. Workers demanded an end to management’s racist policies that paid Mexican-American workers substantially less than their white colleagues, housed […]

USA: General Motors and United Auto Workers sign settlement after 33-day long strike

USA: General Motors and United Auto Workers sign settlement after 33-day long strike 17 October 2019: Over 49,000 striking workers of General Motors (GM) returned to work on 17 October 2019 after a successful 33-day strike. Workers striking under the banner of United Auto Workers Union were demanding full-time work for temporary workers, better health […]

Workplace Safety Watch – October 2019

Construction On 26 October, Masibur Rehman (24) and Mohammad Muslim (20) hailing from West Bengal and Bihar respectively died after falling from the 15th floor of an under construction building in Pune, Maharashtra. The duo was engaged in bringing down waste when the wire of the gondola lift snapped. The building was part of real-estate […]

Telangana: Road Transport workers’ strike continues for fulfillment of 26 point demands

Telangana: Road Transport workers’ strike continues for fulfillment of 26 point demands 30 October 2019: Over 50,000 workers of Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) – drivers, conductors, cleaners and clerical workers have been on indefinite strike since midnight of Friday, 4 October 2019. Workers have raised twenty-six demands, including reorganisation of TSRTC, prompt payment […]

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