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Gig Workers struggle for recognition as workers across the world

Gig Workers struggle for recognition as workers across the world 27 October: In Australia, the Competition and Consumer Commission authorised companies with less than $10 million turnover to collectively negotiate with suppliers or customers from early next year. The class exemption, covering some 98% of all businesses, will mean owner-drivers, gig workers, franchisees, construction subcontractors, […]

Workplace Safety Watch – October 2020

Sanitation On 31 Oct. Vishal Maulikar (32) died of asphyxiation while 5 other workers lost consciousness while cleaning a 25 feet deep chemical tank at the Bamni Proteins Ltd on Ballarpur-Ashti road, Nagpur. On 19 Oct. Idris and Salim both 45 years old were killed of asphyxiation while 4 others fainted after inhaling toxic fumes […]

Central Trade Unions join forces agaisnt Labour Codes, call for general strike on 26 November 2020

Telangana: NIMS nurses warn of indefinite strike over non-payment of arrears, unfair labour practices 28 October 2020: Nurses of Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences went on a 1-day strike on 28 October 2020 and warned of an indefinite strike starting 11 November 2020 if the management refuses to yield to their demands. Nurses have been […]

Government directs oil PSUs to construct houses for migrant workers

Parliamentary panel on labour to scrutinise EPFO spending 20 October 2020: The parliamentary committee on labour is set to scrutinize the ₹10 trillion corpus under the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) and the performance of the fund management, including its investment decisions since the body started investing in the stock market last year. The committee […]

Supreme Court refuses to entertain Neyveli Coal India Ltd. plea against NGT order

Supreme Court refuses to entertain Neyveli Coal India Ltd. plea against NGT order 28 October 2020: A three-judge bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao, Hemant Gupta and Ajay Rastogi refused to entertain the plea of Neyveli Coal India Limited against the National Green Tribunal order imposing an interim penalty of Rs five crore on NLC […]

Ukraine: Miners remain underground to register protest against deplorable working conditions

Germany: Government mulls over supply chain law to fight labour and environmental abuse abroad 30 September 2020: Government is mulling over promulgating a law proposed by the ministries of Labour and Development – Lieferkettengesetz meaning supply chain law to fight against labour rights and environmental abuse by German companies outside of its territory by tracking […]

Securities and Exchange Board (SEBI) disclosures expose the ugly truth of income inequality in Nifty top 50 companies

Financial disclosures from Nifty top 50 companies to the Securities and Exchange Board has startling revelations regarding gender, caste and income gap in Indian companies. Of the 50 companies none had a person from SC/ST community heading the organisation while only 1 woman featured in the list. The income disparity between the executive and median […]

Parliamentary panel raps BSNL for failing to implement reservation in promotions of SC/ST workers

19 September 2020: The Parliamentary Committee on Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes which presented its report titled ‘Ways and Means to ensure reservation for SCs and STs in the light of privatisation, outsourcing of work and contractual employment in Government Services, PSUs and Autonomous Bodies with special reference to Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited(BSNL)’ […]

Workplace Safety Watch – September 2020

Sanitation On 19 Sept., Rambhai Lalani (25) died at the Civil Hospital, Rajkot after 9 days of treatment. Lalani was brought to the hospital after inhaling toxic gases when he got down to clean a sewer behind Modern School in Bhagwatipara, Rajkot on 10 September 2020. Manga Solanki, his contractor has been booked by the […]

Workers and Farmers unions join forces to oppose anti-worker and anti-farmer laws

Assam: Over 40,000 tea workers strike work, demand wage revision 30 September 2020: Tea plantation workers in Assam went on struck work for 1-day demanding daily wage of Rs.350. The strike follows recent protests including a human chain and bicycle rally amid growing unrest over  wages – which range from Rs.145 to 167 in different […]

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