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Workplace Safety Watch – May 2021

Construction 01 May: Jalandhar Sadhu Kamble (37) died after he fell while working on the third floor of an under-construction hotel building in Maharashtra’s Kolhapur city. 02 May: Indra Kumar (48), died and nine others were injured when a newly constructed godown wall collapsed on them in Adloor Yellareddy village, Telangana. The godowns were being […]

Bangladesh: Court orders compensation to kins of workers gunned down during protests

Lesotho: Police opens fire on garment workers protesting for wage hike 19 May 2021: Garment workers rallying for two promised, but indefinitely delayed, minimum wage increases were met with heavy police violence including firing live bullets on 19 May 2021 resulting in hospitalisation of 12 workers and 2 children aged 7 and 9 years. The […]

Central Trade Unions and Farmers’ Unions observe ‘Black Day’ against anti-people policies of government

Telangana: Doctors in govt hospitals go on strike across the state, win hike in stipends 27 May 2021: Resident senior and junior doctors working in government hospitals went on strike throughout the state demanding hiked stipends. The government agreed to raise stipends for interns, post-graduate students and senior residents, and to allocate beds for doctors […]

Supreme Court slams governments for being slow in providing relief to stranded migrant workers

NHRC issues notices to Central and State governments over poor treatment of community health workers 24 May 2021: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) issued notices to the Centre and the states regarding “poor working conditions” of Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) workers across India. It ordered them to submit reports detailing the remuneration paid […]

Labour Ministry notifies contentious draft rules and sections of new Labour Codes

Government announces pension for families of Industrial workers who die due to Covid-19 29 May 2021: Union government announced pensions for families of industrial workers, enrolled with ESIC, who have died due to Covid-19. The pension will amount to 90% of the average daily wage of the deceased. It will be effective retrospectively from 24 […]

Ireland: Government rolls out right to disconnect from work after working hours

Armenia: Mine workers’ strike yields safer working conditions, wage hike 29 April 2021: Over 1,200 mine workers at the Kapan mining and processing plant had struck work on 8-9 April 2021 demanding better health and safety provisions at the mines and a long pending wage hike. Workers’ power has led to lead to a wage […]

Workplace Safety Watch – May 2021

Construction 03 April: Shivanna (60) died after he fell from an under-construction building at Somanathnagar in Mysuru while working. 06 April: Dhulia Mallick was buried to death, and four others rescued from a well after a mudslide trapped them while they were installing concrete rings inside it in Alatuma village in Odisha’s Dhenkanal district. 08 […]

Maharashtra: General Motors Employees Union challenges layoffs by management at Talegaon plant as illegal

Punjab: National Health Mission contractual employees go on one-day strike demanding regularisation of services 27 April 2021: Contractual National Health Mission (NHM) employees in Punjab went on a one-day strike demanding regularisation of their services. They staged protests at hospitals in various districts of the state where they have been working as frontline workers during […]

Women cannot be denied employment because it requires working at night, rules High Court

Karnataka: High Court orders transport workers to end strike given the worsening Covid-19 crisis 21 April 2021: Karnataka High Court ordered transport workers to end their strike and immediately resume bus operations given the worsening pandemic situation. The Court clarified that its decision was not based on the legitimacy or correctness of the workers’ demands. […]

Labour Ministry sets up panels to review existing health and safety regulations in factories, docks and construction work

Delhi: Government announces Rs. 5,000 medical aid to Covid positive construction workers 27 April 2021: Delhi government announced that it will provide Rs. 5,000 as medical aid to construction workers who get infected by COVID-19, subject to a maximum of Rs. 10,000 per family. In order to claim the medical aid, a family member will […]

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