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Workplace Safety Watch – December 2019

Construction: On 17 December, Rahul, a construction worker, died of electrocution upon coming in contact with a live wire hanging from a switchboard when he went downstairs to start the motor at Jumbo tower in Jamshedpur. On 22 December, Mohammad Zuber (25) died after the lift at an under-construction building fell from the fourth floor […]

A strike in outer space

On 28 December 1973, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) stopped receiving updates from its three astronauts- Jerry Carr, Ed Gibson and William Pogue stationed in space for project titled Skylab 4. The astronauts had been working for 16 hours every day for over a month without any breaks. They were demanded to fill out […]

Congo: Apple, Microsoft and Google sued over child labour deaths in cobalt mines

USA: App based companies appeal against California law for gig workers 31 December 2019: App based taxi companies Uber and Lyft and courier company Postmates have come together to file a case against the newly promulgated California law – AB-5 which mandates these companies to provide gig workers the same benefits as other workers – […]

Manipur: Food Corporation of India workers demand reinstatement of casual workers

Punjab: Protests spark across the state as government delays recruitment over 30,000 vacant teaching positions 31 December 2019: Farmers, Students and unemployed have come together to demand recruitment of teachers in Punjab where over 30,000 teaching positions are vacant. Protests took place across the state including Sangrur, Barnala, Bathinda, Mansa, Patiala, Faridkot, Ferozepur, Rupnagar, Amritsar, […]

Cabinet approves Code on Social Security

Cabinet approves Code on Social Security 4 December 2019: The Union Cabinet approved the Code on Social Security Bill 2019. The bill aims to subsume 8 labour laws – the Employees’ Compensation Act, 1923; Employees’ State Insurance Act, 1948; Employees’ Provident Funds and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952; Maternity Benefit Act, 1961; Payment of Gratuity Act, […]

Madras High Court: Minority union has a right to representation in disputes

Himachal Pradesh High Court: Years of service of contract workers before regularisation to be considered for calculation of pension and gratuity 28 December 2019: The division bench of Justices Tarlok Singh Chauhan and Chandar Bhusan Barowalia of Himachal Pradesh High Court upheld that if adhoc service is followed by regular service in the same post, […]

McDonald’s in trouble

26 November 2019: McDonald’s will pay $26 million to resolve claims the fast-food chain skimmed wages from some 38,000 workers at its corporate-run outlets across California. The preliminary accord settles a years-long legal battle that began in 2013 when Los Angeles McDonald’s worker Maria Sanchez with three other employees filed suit against the company. The suit […]

US: Google fires 4 employees for unionizing

South Africa: SA Airways bows down to Union demand 29 November 2019: Struggling national airline South African Airways (SAA) was final forced to pay the outstanding salaries to its employees. The SAA board met with Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan in a bid to find a solution to the financial crisis faced by the national airline. […]

Workplace Safety Watch – November 2019

Sanitation On November 25, Ashok (35) was killed of asphyxiation while Rohit (30), Sai (50) and Gorelal (35) were grievously injured while cleaning a sewer in the North West Delhi’s Shakurpur area. All 4 workers were employed on contract by PWD. The police have arrested the contractor Rajkumar (27) and private supervisor Babloo Ram (25) […]

Textile workers forced back to work after a week of protest for wage hike

Andhra Pradesh: TRANSCO contract workers demand regularisation 29 November 2019: Contract workers of Transmission Corporation of Andhra Pradesh staged a protest at Vijaywada demanding that the State government absorb the contract employees in the electricity department and implement direct payment system for them under the aegis of the Andhra Pradesh Vidyuth Contract Employees Joint Action […]

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