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Italy: Data Protection Authority fines Foodinho €2.6 million for discriminatory rider rating system

Zimbabwe: Notification curbing health worker’s Right to Strike 26 July, 2021: The Zimbabwe government has issued notifications demanding that doctors and nurses issue a 48-hour notice prior to striking work and barring them from striking for more than 72 hours in any 14-day period. Further, doctors and nurses posted in intensive care units (ICU) are […]

Workplace Safety Watch – July, 2021

01 July: Dhramik, Ishwar and Rajesh were asphyxiated to death while inspecting a recently laid sewage line for blockages in the Dokmardi locality of Silvassa, Dadra Nagar Haveli. 06 July: Vikas Naik (33) fell to his death while engaged in repair work on the roof of the electrical wing at the Sirpur Paper Mills manufacturing […]

Maharashtra: 580 contract Safai Karmcharis win permanency after 25-year long struggle

Kerala: Contract workers’ strike at Fertilizer and Chemicals Travancore ends in success 29 July, 2021: The day-long protest of contract workers at Fertilizer and Chemicals Travancore Ltd (FACT) has averted the management’s attempt of replacing unionised contract workers with agency workers on short-term contracts on lower wages. As a result of workers’ prompt action and […]

Delhi High Court issues notice to Centre, BSF DG in sexual harassment case

State Atma Nirbhar scheme can’t be used as basis for financial assistance: Gujarat High Court 28 July, 2021: A division Bench of Bela M. Trivedi and Justice Bhargav D. Karia dismissed a petition filed by two Railway Station Auto Rikshaw Drivers’ Unions seeking financial assistance from the Gujarat government under the Atma Nirbhar Gujarat Sahay […]

Government passes Essential Defence Services Bill, 2021, criminalising workers’ right to strike

Government passes Essential Defence Services Bill, 2021, criminalising workers’ right to strike 22 July, 2021: In the garb of ensuring unhindered supply of ordnance items to the armed forces, the Union government introduced the Essential Defence Services Bill, 2021 in Lok Sabha. It was passed without any debate, through a voice vote in both Houses. […]

Union labour ministry notifies draft employee’s compensation rules under Code on Social Security, 2020

Ordinance bars Ordnance Factory Board employees strike against corporatisation 30 June, 2021: The Union government notified the Essential Defence Services Ordinance 2021 to prohibit employees of the Ordinance Factory Board (OFB) from going on strike. All major federations of civil defence employees had announced an indefinite strike from July 26 against the government’s decision to […]

Chandigarh: HC dismisses regularisation plea of contractual municipal workers citing 2006 Supreme Court judgement

Supreme Court slams Centre’s lackadaisical attitude towards migrant workers’ welfare, directs states, UTs to implement ‘One Nation One Ration Card’ scheme 29 June, 2021: The Supreme Court came down heavily on the Centre for its “lackadaisical attitude” towards the welfare of migrant workers. It ordered the Union government to make the National Database of Unorganised […]

Over 150,000 steel workers go on strike across SAIL, RINL plants demanding wage revision

Over 150,000 steel workers go on strike across SAIL, RINL plants demanding wage revision 30 June, 2021: More than 150,000 workers of state-owned Steel Authority of India (SAIL) and Rashtriya Ispat Nigam (RINL) went on strike across all plants and mining operations throughout the country. They demand immediate implementation of wage revisions, pending since January […]

Workplace Safety Watch – June 2021

1 June: Ebadul Momin (27) and Aminul Momin (45) died and six others labourers were injured when a building in which they were sleeping collapsed on them. The Goenka Hostel was being demolished as part of PM Narendra Modi’s pet Kashi Vishwanath Corridor project in Varanasi. Around 30 labourers were forced to sleep in the […]

USA: Seattle labour standards office finds Uber violating labour laws, orders $3.4 mn for workers

Iran: Oil, gas, petrochemical workers strike work demand wage revision, paid holidays 30 June, 2021: Workers across Iran’s oil, gas and petrochemical sectors struck work on 19 June, 2021 against stagnation of wages amid rising inflation and discrimination against contractual workers. The industry employs around 154,000 temporary and contractual workers who earn $300 per month. […]

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