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 2017. The collective agreement is usually revised every five years by the National Joint Committee on Steel (NJCS). But this time the management has delayed the bargaining process and offered negligible wage revisions.
23 June, 2021: The week-long strike by Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) across Maharashtra ended in success: The state government was forced to announce: a wage hike of Rs. 1,000 per month, COVID-19 allowance of Rs. 500 per month, Rs. 50 lakh compensation for kin of ASHA workers who died due to the pandemic and free COVID-19 treatment for the family members of ASHA workers in state-run hospitals.
23 June, 2021: More than 6,000 nurses across state-run hospitals went on a two-day strike to protest against poor wages, delayed promotions, long working hours and huge vacancies in hospitals. They are also demanding full paid medical leave in case they get infected with COVID-19 and a job for their kin in case they succumb to the disease. They had gone on a strike with similar demands last September.
21 June, 2021: High Court of Bombay granted bail to the last of the five Mumbai Electric Employees Union (MEEU) leaders falsely arrested under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) in December 2017. They were charged for sheltering a person accused of being a terrorist and for raising funds for a banned organisation — all because they organised contractual workers to fight for their regularisation against their mighty owner Reliance.
15 June, 2021: Workers at Maijan Tea Estate in Dibrugarh, owned by the Assam Company India (ACIL), staged a protest demanding repair of their residential quarters, appointment of doctors and teachers at the plantation, timely supply of firewood, and the promotion of senior fourth-grade staff. The workers threatened to launch an indefinite strike from June 21 if the garden management fails to solve their long-pending issues.
10 June, 2021: Hundreds of workers of the 145-year-old Lal Imli Mill in Kanpur held a protest demonstration demanding the release of their salaries which have been pending for three years. The mill has been non-functional but its official closure hasn’t been announced by the Central government, which has led to their payment and other perks not being released. Due to this, nearly 400 families have reached the verge of starvation, more than 50 workers have died in the last few years due to financial crises and at least eight workers have died due to lack of treatment during the pandemic period.
03 June, 2021: Thousands of junior doctors working at six government medical colleges of the state resigned en masse, submitting their resignations to the deans of their respective colleges after the Madhya Pradesh high court termed their strike illegal and directed them to resume duties within 24 hours. The junior doctors demanded a hike in stipend and free treatment for them and their families if they contract the deadly coronavirus infection.
1 June, 2021: Nearly 1,500 senior resident doctors and final-year postgraduate medical students went on a one-day strike demanding an increase in the monthly stipend, pending for the last two years. They stated their frustration with the fact that their counterparts in Telangana hospitals and central hospitals like AIIMS earn double or even more than them. They were forced to go on strike after months of appeals to the authorities fell on deaf ears.