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Delhi Government favours the Rich, Dalits to pay the price

On 3 September, the Delhi government announced a cabinet decision to expand the Jai Bhim Mukhyamantri Pratibha Vikas Yojana to all students of all castes who have completed Class X or Class XII from Delhi. Previously a welfare policy targeting Scheduled Caste students preparing for competitive examinations, the scheme has now been opened to students […]

Workplace Safety Watch – September 2019

Sanitation On 27 Sept., 3 workers Happy, Dhoni and Badrinath died of asphyxiation when they entered to clean an oil tanker in a private oil refinery in Abohar. A case under sections 304 (culpable homicide) and 34 (common intent) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been filed against the 3 owners Sher Singh, Gursevak […]

Punjab: High Court convicts police officers for killing protesting workers

Assam: Labour Commissioner takes Wipro to court for violating Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Act 29 September 2019: Labour Commissioner’s office in Assam has acted on a complaint of contract data entry operators employed by Wipro in Guwahati, Assam for executing National Register of Citizens (NRC) project. The company did not obtain a contractor’s license […]

Government forms committee to probe violation of Contract Labour

Government forms committee to probe violation of Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Act at ports and docks 24 September 2019: Government has set up a six member committee to investigate rampant violation of Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Act, 1971 across docks and ports. The members of the committee include representatives from the Ministry of […]

Karnataka: Garment workers demand ₹15,000 minimum wage

Coal workers launch a countrywide strike against government’s decision to allow 100% FDI in mining 24 September 2019: Over 5 Lakh workers of Coal India Limited (CIL) and Singareni Colliaries Company Limited (SCCL) struck work to protest government’s decision to allow 100% Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in mining. CIL and SCCL are successful PSUs and […]

US: 48,000 workers of General Motors strike work for better working conditions

Greece: Workers hold countrywide general strike against proposed changes in labour laws 24 September 2019: Ships, trains, buses did not ply while offices remained shut across Greece as workers struck work against Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’s proposed changes in labour laws which would amend rules for calling a strike, allow non-implementation of collective working agreements […]

Will Depositors Pay The Price for PMC’s Bad Lending Practices

On 23 September 2019, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) issued a directive to Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative Bank (PMC) restricting withdrawals of all depositors to only Rs. 1,000 each for a period of 6 months. No reasons were stated nor any explanation offered in the RBI press release issued the next day. Over 3 […]

The Inclosure Act, 1845 and birth of the landless

On 8 August, over 174 years ago, the Parliament of the United Kingdom passed the Inclosure Act, 1845. One among a series of laws, majority of which was passed between 1750 and 1860, it allowed for commons, or communally held and cultivated land and pastures to be converted into pieces of individual property to which […]

Apple concedes to employing children for manufacturing iPhones

Philippines: Workers demanding regularisation brutally attacked by police 19 August 2019: Workers of chemical factory of Peerless Producers Manufacturing Corp. (Pepmaco) in Calamba were brutally attacked by the police on the 15th day of their protest demanding regularisation of work and revision of wages. Over 20 workers suffered serious injuries and had to be hospitalised […]

Workplace Safety Watch – August, 2019

Manufacturing On 27 August, Navin Kumar (47) was killed due to an electric shock after the machine he was working on developed a technical snag. Navin was employed in a plastic bag manufacturing company in Shimlapuri , Ludhiana. Police have initiated an enquiry under Section 174 of Code of Criminal Procedure (Cr.PC). On 25 August, […]

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