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Supreme Court issues notice to Gujarat government over amendment cancelling overtime pay

Madras High Court directs Tamil Nadu government to survey all migrant workers 28 August 2020: A division bench of Justices MM Sundresh and R Hemalatha has directed the Tamil Nadu government to undertake an extensive survey to identify, register and enlist all unorganised manual workers to ensure that they benefit from various government schemes.  The […]

Jharkhand Government launches employment guarantee scheme for unskilled workers in urban areas

Parliamentary standing committee on Labour to examine impact of Ayushman Bharat, Aarogya Setu app 27 August 2020: The standing committee on labour is scrutinising different programs of the Centre and their impact on workers with a particular emphasis on inter-state migrants, informal and unorganised sector workers during the lockdown. The committee has invited health department […]

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. […]

Workplace Safety Watch – August 2020

Manufacturing On 30 July, explosion at pharma factory Venkata Narayana Active Ingredients at Nellore, Tamil Nadu killed Sayeed Hafeez and left 3 other workers with serious burn injuries On 29 July, Tarun Sharma (23) a contract worker employed by NTPC at the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant died after the boat he took with a 10 […]

Bank employees seal Collective Bargaining Agreement at 15% hike over the next 5 years

Bank employees seal Collective Bargaining Agreement at 15% hike over the next 5 years 23 July 2020: Indian Bank Association (IBA) and United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU) signed a Collective Bargaining agreement on 23 July 2020 to hike the salary by 15% for the 5-year period between 2017 and 2022. The move will impact […]

NGT orders companies to pay compensation to gas leak victims

Delhi High Court stays health workers’ lay off, orders probe against contractual employment 31 July 2020: Delhi High Court ordered the stay of illegal layoff of over 200 contract health workers at Lady Hardinge Hospital and ordered a probe in the matter. The Multi-Tasking Staff (MTS) at Lady Hardinge Medical College were being made to […]

State governments dilute key labour laws in the name of ‘generating employment’

Karnataka: Government defers payment of VDA for 1 year 21 July 2020: Karnataka government has deferred payment of Variable Dearness Allowance (VDA) from the employer for a period of 1 year i.e., April 1, 2020, to March 31, 2021. The demand for deferring payment of VDA was raised by the industry bodies and the department […]

Lesotho: Successful strike yields lockdown wages to garment workers

Lesotho: Successful strike yields lockdown wages to garment workers 17 June 2020: Over 50,000 garment workers returned to work on 17 June 2020 after a successful one-day strike which forced to the government to respect its commitment regarding payment of wages for the period work was stopped at all factories due to Coronavirus lockdown. Workers […]

Uttar Pradesh government forces Aanganwadi workers aged 62 and above to retire overnight

17 June 2020: Citing a 2012 order the Uttar Pradesh government has forced Aanganwadi and mini Aanganwadi workers aged 62 and above to retire across the 62 districts of the state. Apart from the arbitrariness of the move the decision has been found to be bad in law. The 2012 order states that the services […]

Workplace Safety Watch – June 2020

Construction On 1 June, Shrimant Balasaheb Gaikwad (27), a worker at Chakan factory, died upon falling off the roof into a shut furnace. He was made to climb up the roof that was 35 feet above the ground level to change a transparent sheet. A case under sections 304(a) (causing death due to negligence) of […]

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