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 to ₹15,000 per month depending on seniority and grade pay. Workers are demanding a minimum pay hike of ₹8,000 per month and that BEST fill all vacant positions.
Andhra Pradesh: ASHA workers demand ₹10,000 monthly wage
26 August 2019: Thousands of Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) and Community Health Workers held a demonstration in Vijaywada demanding that the incumbent Chief Minister fulfil his election promise of raising the monthly wages of ASHA workers from existing ₹3,000 per month to ₹10,000. ASHA workers also demanded immediate release of arrears of their honorariums which has not been paid over last 4 months.
Punjab: Over 2,000 contract workers strike work, demand regularisation
26 August 2019: Over 2,000 contract workers employed by the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) went on strike demanding regularisation and equal pay for equal work. Workers from hospital administration, kitchen staff and security guards joined the strike demanding that management respect the order passed by the Supreme Court and pay them the same wages and benefits as their permanent counterparts.
Tamil Nadu: Ashok Leyland workers reject management’s bonus proposal, observe sit-in strike
19 August 2019: Over 2,000 workers have been observed sit-in strike at the Ennore plant of Ashok Leyland under the banner of Ashok Leyland Employees Union demanding 10% increase in bonus. Ashok Leyland whose profits soared 21% in 2018-19 to ₹2195 crore from ₹1814 crores in 2011-18 has offered workers a 5% bonus. Union and management finally agreed to 5.423%.
Maharashtra: Safai karmcharis protest non-payment of arrears
08 August 2019: Over 1,000 workers of Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation protested outside the headquarters of the corporation demanding their arrears be paid. Supreme Court had ordered the civic body to raise the wages of contract workers engaged in waste picking in the city in October, 2018, however the NMMC which employs over 6,277 contract safai workers hasn’t complied to the order yet.