24 August 2020: As number of Coronavirus cases rise in the state bank employees have raised a demand for COVID-19 safe workplaces under the aegis of Goa Bank Employees’ Association. Bank employees are finding it difficult to ensure social distancing at their workplaces due to influx of people and the job requiring them to touch bank notes and documents which may be infected as they are being passed on by people.
23 August 2020: Over thousands of tea garden workers in the Longview Tea Estate in Kurseong sub-division of Darjeeling district went on hunger strike after the management declared suspension of work on 21 August 2020. Management’s decision to suspend work and lock down the tea garden is aimed at crushing workers’ agitation, demanding payment of arrear wages, provident fund and festive bonus which have been long overdue.
7 August 2020: Over 6 lakh Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) workers went on 2-day strike against continued harassment, underpayment, lack of protection from infection and precarious nature of their jobs on 7 August 2020 across the country. However, in the national capital the Police registered a FIR against the Corona warriors for breaking social distancing norms and lockdown protocols by assembling en masse at Jantar Mantar. Trade Unions have urged the government to take back the FIR.
20 August 2020: The Joint Trade Union Committee comprising of 10 Central Trade Union organisations INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, LPF and UTUC have written to the prime minister demanding withdrawal of draft Environmental Impact Assessment, 2020 which allow for mining of coal and other minerals in ecologically sensitive areas and are in contravention to country’s commitment to International Climate Change Treaty.