Delhi: High Court halts mass lay off at Press Trust of India
28 November 2018: Hearing the plea of Federation of PTI Employees Union the Delhi High Court put a stay on the arbitrary retrenchment order of 297 employees issued by Press Trust of India (PTI) on 29 September 2018.
PTI had overnight terminated the services of 297 employees across India citing that their posts had become redundant without following the due procedures.
Gujrat: HC orders regularisation of contract of 400 contract municipal workers
4 November 2018: The Gujrat High Court rapped the Valsad Municipal Corporation for denying contract, temporary and daily wage workers their rightful benefits and wages. Justice J B Pardiwala in his order promulgated that:
1) the services of all workers who have been employed with the municipal corporation for more than 5 years be regularised,
2) workers be paid the minimum of the pay scale of the services they were employed in from 1 January 2019,
3) arrears for the last 5 years be paid on the basis of the minimum pay scale of the services workers were employed in, within the next six months,
and directed the Valsad Municipal Corporation to formulate a scheme for regularisation of all contract, temporary and daily wage workers within the next three months.
Madras High Court pulls up Central government for failing to revise minimum wages in the last 8 years
3 November 2018: The Madras High Court asserted that successive governments have failed in safeguarding the interest of 40 crore workers of the country. Justice N Kirubakaran pulled up the government for its laxity in revising the minimum wage of ₹8,000 under the Employee’s Compensation Act promulgated in the year 2010 and pointed to the need of dignified wages for a sustainable economy.
Court holds sex worker’s right to refuse intercourse and seek remedy in case of forced sex
2 November 2018: The Supreme Court overturned a 2009 Delhi High Court ruling and upheld the order of the lower court stating that sex workers have a right to refuse intercourse and seek redressal in case of forced sex.
The division bench of Justices Indira Banerjee and R. Bhanumathi held that every woman has a right to refuse to submit herself to sexual intercourse to anyone and that the character of the woman does not exclude her from seeking justice if her rights have been violated.