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SPM Autocomp suspends workers to curb Freedom of Association

Workers at SPM Autocomp suspended, transferred to curb Freedom of Association 19 January 2018: 40 workers of SPM Autocomp Private Limited, a pivotal vendor of automobile components in the Maruti Suzuki supply chain.  stood in silent protest in front of the Deputy Labour Commissioner Office in Gurugram, Haryana alleging an attack on their right to […]

Gujrat High Court rules in favour of daily wage workers

Gujarat High Court: Period of service before regularisation of employment should be considered when calculating pension benefits 18 January 2018:  In a petition filed by workers of Deesa Irrigation Division who were regularized in 2003 through a court order, against denial of pension benefits on the grounds that they had not completed the mandatory 10 […]

Automobile workers go on hunger strike as management refuses dialogue

Ola and Uber drivers protest against discriminatory pricing and regulation 4 January 2018: 30,000 Ola and Uber drivers in Chennai struck work on 3 January 2018 against ‘unfair employment practices’ by the cab aggregators as well as the state regulations that curtail their work. The striking workers challenged that there is frequent changes in fare […]

Inequality Hurts … All of Us

The richest 1% in India cornering 73% of the wealth generated in the country last year, according to the 2018 Oxfam report, Reward Work, Not Wealth, after over 25 years of liberalization raises a few basic questions. The report also showed that the wealth of India’s richest 1% increased by over Rs. 20.9 trillion during […]

All is not well with Indian Start-ups

All is not well with Indian Start-ups Prime Minister launched the start-up India scheme amid much grandeur during the Republic Day celebrations in 2016 and wished for every village, every district to have its own start-up. He also announced a Rs.10,000 Crore fund to aid start-ups. A start-up hub was established under the Ministry of […]

Who builds our economy today?

Who built the Taj Mahal in Agra? Was it Shah Jahan for his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal? Or was it built by the two architects who designed it? Or was it built by the hundreds of workers who worked day and night to put together the most famous piece of architecture in our country? Let […]

Should Teams at Workplaces replace Unions?

Many of us have seen posters like these in our workplaces.  Most of these show happy faces of workers who work in a team with motivational lines that make us all feel good. We start having a feeling that we are not alone, if we make mistakes we would not be blamed and punished, if […]

Why are our labour laws changing?

With the intention of simplification of 44 existing labour laws, the Government of India is trying to legislate four codes on labour – on wages, industrial relations, social security and safety, and on health and working conditions. Simultaneously the government is proposing amendments to the Contract Labour Act, the Factories Act, the Industrial Disputes Act, […]

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