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FIFA admits to labour violations in relation to the 2022 football world cup

Kenya: Domestic workers union recognised 9 June 2019: Despite being denied registration on multiple occasions by the registrar of unions on account that there were other federations representing domestic workers, the National Union of Domestic Workers through a court application finally won recognition. The court upheld their right to form a union and directed the […]

Workplace Safety Watch – June 2019

Construction On 9 June 2019, 4 workers; Ezhumalai (40), Anthony Samy, (41), Kathirvelu (60) and Amsavalli were injured will undertaking repairs of a house in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Police intend to question the house owner. On 9 June 2019, 1 worker; Arasiah (46) was killed when a live wire snapped and fell on him. The […]

Tamil Nadu: Dalit anganwadi workers transferred under pressure from upper caste locals

17 June 2019: State Human Rights commission sought a report from the Madurai Collector regarding the transfer 2 dalit anganwadi workers due to pressure from some upper caste persons and asked district administration whether it failed in protecting the workers’ human rights. The 2 workers, who were assigned to ICDS centre on 3 June 2019 […]

Tamil Nadu: 87-day strike ends with victory for Asahi workers

Himachal Pradesh: Blue Star Employees Union inks long term settlement with management 27 June 2018: The Blue Star Employees Union has signed a long term wage and productivity settlement with the management. The settlement will be valid with retrospective effect from July 2018, covering over 120 workers would lead to a monthly hike of ₹11,000 […]

Andhra Pradesh: ASHA workers get 300% wage hike

Tamil Nadu: Government declares auto component industry public utility 26 June 2019: The Tamil Nadu government has declared auto component industry as public utility through a Government Order (G.O) valid for 6 months. The G.O has been promulgated in the backdrop of the successful strikes in auto component manufacturing sector in and around Chennai. Workers […]

Tamil Nadu: SHRC orders reinstatement of worker with ₹ 20.67 lakhs as back wages

Tamil Nadu: SHRC orders reinstatement of worker with ₹ 20.67 lakhs as back wages 21 June 2019: The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has ordered the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) to reinstate a worker who was terminated in 2004 for allegations of irregular work. The labour department had held the termination wrongful in […]

PepsiCo attacks food sovereignty, retracts after global backlash

On 29 April 2019, Multi-billion dollar US conglomerate PepsiCo, the parent company which markets brands like Lays Chips, Pepsi and Tropicana juice sued 9 farmers in Gujarat for intellectual property rights (IPR) infringement. The company slapped Rs. 1.5 crore on each farmer, as damages for growing the FL-2027 potato variety used in its Lays chips. […]

Dock workers refuse to load Saudi ships carrying weapons to Yemen

Sudan: Workers strike demanding transfer of power to a civilian government 28 May 2019: Sudanese workers went on a two-day general strike responding to the call of the Alliance for Freedom and Change movement demanding the military to hand power to a civilian administration. Last month people’s protest had ousted president Omar-al Bashir, since then […]

Workplace Safety Watch – April, May 2019

Construction On 13 May, Ketan Bahirat (45) died after falling from the 15th floor of the ‘Reliance Building’, Continum Complex in Chunabatti, Mumbai, Maharashtra. Ketan who was working as a technician was carrying out maintenance activities of an elevator when he fell into the elevator shaft. On 27 May, 3 construction workers Durgesh (26), Arjun […]

NHRC directs Directorate of Industrial Safety and Health to inspect garment factories in Tamil Nadu

29 April 2019:  Taking suo-motto cognizance of newspaper reports and radio broadcast the National Human Rights Commission has directed the Directorate of Industrial Safety and Health to inspect garment factories across the state to ensure that workplaces are safe and enabling for women. Garment workers had voiced their concern on a community FM radio channel, […]

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