Telangana: NIMS nurses warn of indefinite strike over non-payment of arrears, unfair labour practices
28 October 2020: Nurses of Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences went on a 1-day strike on 28 October 2020 and warned of an indefinite strike starting 11 November 2020 if the management refuses to yield to their demands. Nurses have been demanding payment of arrears for a wrongly deducted amount for family planning from salaries of staff, payment of pending Covid incentive since the month of April, payment of career progression arrears, payment of Earned Leave encashment for the year 2019 and continuation of the process of promotions and cadre review of nursing staff.
Maharashtra: Sugarcane workers demand revision of wages
18 October 2020: Over 15 lakh sugarcane workers in Maharasthra went on strike from 15 October 2020 demanding revision in wages. Workers are demanding Rs.400 per tonne, an amount equivalent to operators of cane harvester machines, currently they get Rs. 239 per tonne. Workers are hired through labour contractors who are also demanding a hike in the commission paid to them from 18.5% to 30% of the cane workers’ wages.
Jharkhand: Steel workers strike work – demand bonus, regularisation of work
13 October 2020: Over 2,500 workers of Ferro Scrap Nigam Limited, a subsidiary of the Steel Authority of India Limited struck work and marched to Ispat Bhawan, Bokaro demanding immediate payment of minimum bonus of Rs.30,000 per worker before Durga Puja, wage revision, leave encashment and that management holds election for recognition of union though secret ballot under the banner of Jai Jharkhand Mazdoor Samaj. The union also submitted a 13-point charter to FSNL management demanding better facilities at the Bokaro General Hospital and maintenance of roads and workers’ quarters within the SAIL township.
Delhi: Health workers of North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) strike over non-payment of wages
09 October 2020: Doctors, nurses and support staff of North Delhi Municipal Corporation’s Hindu Rao Hospital went on an indefinite strike on 08 October 2020 against non-payment of wages since June 2020. Hindu Rao Hospital is a designated COVID-19 hospital in Delhi where workers have indefatigably fought on the frontlines.
Central Trade Unions join forces agaisnt Labour Codes, call for general strike on 26 November 2020
02 October 2020: All Central Trade Union Organisations except the RSS affiliated Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh have called for a country-wide general strike on 26 November 2020 against the recently promulgated Labour Codes. The CTUOs have put forth the following demands:
- Rescind the labour codes and farms acts
- Cash transfer of Rs.7,500 a month to all families that do not pay income tax
- Free ration of 10kg per head in a month
- Expansion of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Scheme
- Stop divestment in PSUs
- Universal health coverage
- Withdrawal of circular on forced premature retirement of government employees