Category: World News Update

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 […]

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 […]

USA: Tesla management illegally fired union members, stifled workers Right to Freedom of Association, finds NLRB

USA: Tesla management illegally fired union members, stifled workers Right to Freedom of Association, finds NLRB 25 March 2021: The National Labour Relations Board has held Tesla management guilty of repeated violations of workers’ Right to Freedom of Association while ruling on a 2017 case wherein the management fired workers for engaging in union. It […]

UK: Supreme Court rules that Uber drivers are workers entitled to breaks, paid leave and guaranteed minimum wage

Myanmar: 12 million participate in countrywide general strike against military rule amidst violent repression by the junta 22 February 2021: Workers from across the country – including railway staff, doctors, teachers, bank employees and factory workers – went on a general strike against military rule. They demand the restoration of democracy and of their elected […]

France: Court orders government to compensate former miners for causing “anxiety”

France: Court orders government to compensate former miners for causing “anxiety” 29 January 2021: The Labour Court in Douai has ordered the government to pay 727 miners a payment of 10,000 Euros (a total 7.3 million euros or $8.9 million) as compensation for causing anxiety to them by a career of exposure to toxic substances. […]

USA: California votes for prop 22 exempting gig companies from treating drivers as employees

Spain: Health workers protest against health service cuts 29 November 2020: Around 4,000 doctors and nurses marched on the streets of Madrid chanting “less flags and more nurses” demanding a stop to the devastating cuts in public healthcare because of which health workers are struggling to cope with the pandemic. However, the regional government in […]

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, […]

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 […]

USA: California Labour Commissioner sues Uber and Lyft for wage theft

Qatar: Government scraps Kafala system, raises minimum wages for migrant workers 31 August 2020: Qatar’s Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs has finally promulgated the abolition of draconian Kafala system that required workers to take NOC from employers before switching jobs. Emir of Qatar in October 2019 has announced that the system will […]

Philadelphia state promulgates Essential Workers Protection Act

Nigeria: Contract workers employed by Human Rights Commission strike work over violation of minimum wages 12 July 2020: Workers at the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) across the country served strike notice over non-implementation of the National Minimum Wage and Human Rights Protection Allowances by the commission under the banner of Nigeria Civil Service Union. […]

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