Year: 2019

The Inclosure Act, 1845 and birth of the landless

On 8 August, over 174 years ago, the Parliament of the United Kingdom passed the Inclosure Act, 1845. One among a series of laws, majority of which was passed between 1750 and 1860, it allowed for commons, or communally held and cultivated land and pastures to be converted into pieces of individual property to which […]

Apple concedes to employing children for manufacturing iPhones

Philippines: Workers demanding regularisation brutally attacked by police 19 August 2019: Workers of chemical factory of Peerless Producers Manufacturing Corp. (Pepmaco) in Calamba were brutally attacked by the police on the 15th day of their protest demanding regularisation of work and revision of wages. Over 20 workers suffered serious injuries and had to be hospitalised […]

Workplace Safety Watch – August, 2019

Manufacturing On 27 August, Navin Kumar (47) was killed due to an electric shock after the machine he was working on developed a technical snag. Navin was employed in a plastic bag manufacturing company in Shimlapuri , Ludhiana. Police have initiated an enquiry under Section 174 of Code of Criminal Procedure (Cr.PC). On 25 August, […]

Ashok Leyland workers reject management’s bonus proposal, observe sit-in strike

Maharashtra: BEST workers launch indefinite hunger strike, demand wage revision 28 August 2019: Over 22,000 workers of the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply & Transport (BEST) Corporation have gone on indefinite strike following the failure of negotiation talks between the union and management regarding wage revisions. Management has offered a wage hike in the range of ₹5,000 […]

Madras High Court stays government order declaring the auto component manufacturing sector a public utility service

Maharashtra: Bombay High Court reprimands National Textile Corporation Limited for gender based discrimination 22 August 2019: A division bench of justices Akil Kureshi and S J Kathawalla, while hearing the petition of a woman clerk in Podar Mills, a unit of National Textile Corporation Limited (NCLT) rapped the corporation for discriminating among employees based on […]

Code on Wages Bill gets President’s assent

Kerala: Government revises minimum wages for cinema theatre employees 21 August 2019: Labour department of the Kerala government notified new minimum wages for cinema theatre workers in the state. The revised monthly wages are as follows: Category Basic pay of workers Grade A ₹15,875 Grade B ₹15,210 Grade C ₹14,400 Grade D ₹13,715 Grade E […]

Health as Fundamental Right completes 70 years

Our health is determined by the conditions in which we are born, we grow, we live and we work. The right to health thus includes not only the right to health services, but also to the wide range of things that help us live in good health such as proper housing, education, employment, social support, […]

Spain: Court rules in favour of Deliveroo workers, holds them as employees

Philippines: Unions oppose President’s vetoing of the Security of Tenure Bill 26 July 2019: President Rodrigo Duterte vetoed the Security of Tenure Bill on 26 July 2019 also known as anti-endo (end of contract bill). The Bill would have put an end to labour contracting by companies. The veto has come in the light of […]

Workplace Safety Watch – July 2019

Construction On 23 July, Rahul Kumar (21), Kirpal Kumar (29) and Surendra Kumar (48) were killed as safety locks of a temporary lift were accidently released in an under-construction MLA (Member of Legislative Assembly) quarters in Amravati, Andhra Pradesh. The workers, employed on contract by Nagarjuna Construction Company (NCC), were migrants from Bihar. The police […]

Karnataka: Police uses tear gas, lathi charge to disperse garment workers in Special Economic Zone

Workers hold protests across the country to oppose government’s move to privatise railways Loco pilots and running staff launched a 24 hour hunger strike at Vishakhapatnam under the banner of All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA) on 16 July against government’s decision to privatise railways. The striking workers also demanded scrapping of the New […]

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