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Government opens coal sector to private commercial firms

Government opens coal sector to private commercial firms 20 February 2018: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has decided to open auction of coal mines to private parties for commercial purpose. The government had brought Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Act, 2015 to start fresh allocations of coal blocks after the Supreme Court had cancelled […]

Government proposes Fixed Term Contract in all sectors

Government proposes Fixed Term Contract in all sectors 26 January 2018: The Union Labour Ministry issued a draft notification on 8 January 2018 proposing an amendment in the provisions of the Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Central Rules, 1946 to allow Fixed Term Contracts (FTC) in all sectors. The proposed amendments exempt the employers from: Serving […]

The Bombay Mill Strike

18 January 1982: The Bombay Textile Strike that lasted over a year and a half was called on 18 January 1982 by the mill workers of Bombay under the leadership of Dr. Dutta Samant. The strike though was for bonus, wage increases and permanency of badli workers but in its critical demand for the repeal […]

Uttarakhand High Court directs Patanjali to pay wage arrears to 93 workers

Uttarakhand High Court directs Patanjali to pay wage arrears to 93 workers 18 January 2018: The division bench of Uttarakhand High Court comprising of Chief Justice K M Joseph and Justice U C Dhyani rejected the special plea and upheld the earlier decision taken by the High Court’s single bench against Baba Ramdev’s Divya Yog […]

McDonald’s workers strike for the first time, win raise in wages

UK: McDonald’s workers strike for the first time, win raise in wages 4 January 2018: The fast-food chain McDonald’s workers under the banner of The Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) have won a wage hike after they went on strike for the first time since the company started operation in 1974,. The new […]

India drops plan for orange passports amidst protests

Tamil Nadu Transport Workers end strike after High Court intervenes 8 January 2018: 17 unions representing workers of Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) went on an indefinite strike from 4 January 2018, after 16 months of negotiation since the 13th wage agreement talks, between unions and the state government remained inconclusive. The unions have […]

January-2018

Sanitation: 4 contract sanitation workers, Rameshwar Heramsingh (45), Satyanarayan Singh (40), Vishwanath Singh (32), Ramnath Singh (48) died and Pareshnath Singh (49) got severely injured in Mumbai when the crane pulley being used to haul up the workers from 9 metre deep manhole snapped on 1 January. 3 sanitation workers, Madegowda, Narayanaswamy and Srinivas died […]

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 […]

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