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Right to strike depends on nature of work, Madras High Court orders striking doctors back to work

Tamil Nadu: Right to strike depends on nature of work, Madras High Court orders striking doctors back to work 1 November 2019: A division bench of Justices M. Sathyanarayanan and N. Seshasayee directed the striking doctors to return to work stating that right to strike depends on the nature of work. Health services are covered […]

Punjab: Government exempts new start-ups and MSMEs from complying to labour laws

Government introduces Code on Industrial Relations in Lok Sabha 29 November 2019: The Industrial Relations Code 2019 was introduced in the Lok Sabha on 29 November 2019. The Code will consolidate the Trade Unions Act, 1926; the Industrial Establishment (Standing Orders) Act 1946 and the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947. The proposed code will legitimize hire […]

The Empire Zinc Company Strike

69 years ago, on 17 October, workers of the Empire Zinc Company in New Mexico, USA affiliated to the International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers finished their day’s shift and formed a picket line. Workers demanded an end to management’s racist policies that paid Mexican-American workers substantially less than their white colleagues, housed […]

USA: General Motors and United Auto Workers sign settlement after 33-day long strike

USA: General Motors and United Auto Workers sign settlement after 33-day long strike 17 October 2019: Over 49,000 striking workers of General Motors (GM) returned to work on 17 October 2019 after a successful 33-day strike. Workers striking under the banner of United Auto Workers Union were demanding full-time work for temporary workers, better health […]

Workplace Safety Watch – October 2019

Construction On 26 October, Masibur Rehman (24) and Mohammad Muslim (20) hailing from West Bengal and Bihar respectively died after falling from the 15th floor of an under construction building in Pune, Maharashtra. The duo was engaged in bringing down waste when the wire of the gondola lift snapped. The building was part of real-estate […]

Telangana: Road Transport workers’ strike continues for fulfillment of 26 point demands

Telangana: Road Transport workers’ strike continues for fulfillment of 26 point demands 30 October 2019: Over 50,000 workers of Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) – drivers, conductors, cleaners and clerical workers have been on indefinite strike since midnight of Friday, 4 October 2019. Workers have raised twenty-six demands, including reorganisation of TSRTC, prompt payment […]

Supreme Court rules displaced workers have no absolute fundamental right to employment

Rajasthan: Court sentences engineer and two others for death of 3 workers while on duty 12 October 2019: Fatehpur Additional District Judge Shiv Prasad Tamboli held the civil engineer and two supervisors guilty of culpable homicide and sentenced them to 10 years’ imprisonment in connection with the death of three workers during the laying of […]

MP Govt amends IR Act, reserves 70% jobs for locals in industries

Madhya Pradesh: Government amends Industrial Relation Act, reserves 70% jobs for locals in industries 15 October 2019:  The Madhya Pradesh government has revoked a 2007 notification that had put 11 out of 18 industrial unit categories in the purview of Industrial Disputes Act, 1947, reinstating the old Madhya Pradesh Industrial Resolution Act 1960 (MPIR Act) […]

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 […]

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