Maharashtra: Contract Safai Workers protest against violation of minimum wages
25 February 2019: Contract Safai Karmacharis from Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Nanded and Navi Mumbai came together under the banner of Kachra Vahatuk Shramik Sangh for GR Wapsi (Take back Government Resolution) protest in Mumbai, Maharashtra against non-implementation of government resolutions on payment of minimum wages.
Contract Safai Karmchari’s arrears against non-payment of minimum wages amounts to ₹3,36,000 in Nanded ₹1,20,000 in Mumbai, ₹1,60,000 in Thane and Navi Mumbai and ₹1,50,000 in handed per worker. Brihan-Mumbai Municipal corporation alone employs over 4000 contract safai workers who have been not paid their rightful minimum wages since 2015.
National Health Mission workers stage protest across Jammu & Kashmir and Haryana
19 February 2019: Over 8000 National Health Mission (NHM) workers went on strike on 14 February 2019 seeking regularisation and equal wages for equal work. NHM workers have been employed under contract since 2011. Under pressure from trade unions and workers the Jammu & Kashmir government had constituted a committee in 2017 to look in to the matter. The committee had recommended that contract workers should be regularized in a phased manner, however the government has taken no action in this regard till date.
In Chandigarh, over 13000 workers comprising of paramedics, lab assistants and others under NHM have been protesting since 5 February 2019 demanding regularization of their services. The health department has terminated the services of over 2700 workers and ordered the rest to report to work or face consequences in order to break the strike, however workers have refused to return to work.
Bihar: 40-day strike of Mid-Day meal workers yields ₹250 wage hike
18 February 2019: The Bihar government has agreed to the demand of Mid-Day Meal (MDM) workers and hiked their wages to ₹1500 per month, a hike of ₹250 from the previous ₹1250.
Over 2.48 Lakh MDM workers under the banner of Bihar Rajya Madhayan Bhojan Rasoiya Sanyukt Sangarsh Samiti were on strike since 7 January 2019 demanding government employee status and monthly wages of ₹18,000.
Gujrat: Ford workers refuse company meals, demand negotiation on charter of demands
17 February 2019: Over 800 workers at the Ford factory in Sanand Industrial Area, Gujrat have shunned company provided meals since 11 February 2019 demanding that the management initiate negotiation on charter of demands which includes wage increment. Under the banner of Karnavati Kamdar Ekta Sangh workers have been demanding a wage hike of ₹17,500 spread over three years.
Tamil Nadu: Royal Enfield workers strike against contract work
15 February 2019: Royal Enfield workers in Oragudam Industrial Area have gone on strike against management’s inaction regarding regularization of contract workers and hike in wages.
Workers had struck work under the banner of Working People Trade Union Council for over 50 days in November, 2019 and returned to work after an agreement was reached with the management regarding regularization of 1000 contract workers who have been working for over 2 years, an increase in wages and payment of bonus to all workers.
The management has been delaying the process of regularization and has taken no action regarding hiking the wages or payment of bonus, while to break the strike it was transferred union leaders to different plants in Rajasthan and Haryana.