Tamil Nadu: Hyundai workers sign three year wage agreement
25 March 2019: United Union of Hyundai Employees has signed a three year wage settlement with the Hyundai management. The settlement will lead to a wage hike of ₹25,200 per month spread over three years.
The monthly wage hike will be rolled out as ₹13,860 for the first year, ₹6,300 for the second year and ₹5,040 for the third year.
The settlement will be implemented with retrospective effect from April 2018 and will remain effective until March 2021.
Kerala: PepsiCo declares lockout, disrupts wage negotiation
20 March 2019: PepsiCo. bottling plant in Palakkad, Kerala declared lockout without any notice while negotiations regarding wage hike remain pending at the Labour Commissioner’s office between management and contract workers. The Palakkad plant has over 240 contract workers. Earlier, management had walked out of negotiation scheduled on15 March 2019.
Gujarat: Statue of Unity workers strike work, win wage hike
11 March 2019: Workers employed in the housekeeping department at the Statue of Unity at Gujarat went on a two day strike against irregular payment of wages. Updater Services Limited (UDS), the company contracted for housekeeping work negotiated with striking workers and agreed to a wage hike of ₹700 per month and promised regular payment of wages. Hiked wage will be applicable 1 April 2019 onward and workers will receive ₹8,200 per month after PF and other deductions.
Workers march to Parliament demanding ₹25,000 minimum wage
04 March 2019: Over 5000 workers from 20 states across India marched from Ramlila Maidan to Parliament on 3 March 2019 under the banner of Majdoor Adhikar Sangharsh Abhiyaan, a joint platform of 17 trade unions.
Workers presented a 17 point charter of demands to the government which included demand for:
- A minimum wage of ₹25,000 per month for all workers
- Ensure the Right to Freedom of Association
- Abolition of contract work and fixed term employment
- Free education and health care for all.
- Unemployment Allowance of ₹15,000 per month
- Pension for all
West Bengal: Teachers strike work demanding raise in wages
04 March 2019: Over 10,000 teachers employed at Shishu Shiksha Kendra(SSK) and Madhyamik Shiksha Kendra(MSK) from across West Bengal went on strike since 1 March 2019 in Kolkata, West Bengal demanding revision of their wages.
Wages for teachers at SSK and MSK stand at ₹ 5,954 and ₹8,854 per month respectively, which were last revised in seven years ago in 2012. Workers are planning to go on indefinite hunger strike if the government refuses to negotiate with them.