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 the unions have been opposing government’s move to privatise it since 2015 when the government first enacted the Coal Mines (Special) Provision Act, 2015, allowing private players to produce and sell coal at their own administered price. It has also diluted public holdings in the CIL by disinvesting nearly 35% of the government-held shares.
Karnataka: Garment workers demand ₹15,000 minimum wage
12 September 2019: Over 5,000 garment workers under the banner of Garment and Textile Workers Union (GATWU) held a protest in front of the labour department in Bengaluru on 12 September 2019 demanding revision in minimum wages from existing ₹8,000 per month to ₹15,000 per month. In 2018 the government has issued a draft notification promising an increase from the existing rate to ₹12,250 per month. However, due to pressure from garment manufacturers the government did not issue any notice for its implementation.