Workers at SPM Autocomp suspended, transferred to curb Freedom of Association
19 January 2018: 40 workers of SPM Autocomp Private Limited, a pivotal vendor of automobile components in the Maruti Suzuki supply chain. stood in silent protest in front of the Deputy Labour Commissioner Office in Gurugram, Haryana alleging an attack on their right to Freedom of Association.
10 workers were suspended and 30 workers have been transferred on various grounds after the workers filed for registration of a union of their choice. Management has also switched off safety sensors for faster production, which led to an unprecedented increase in workplace accidents.
The Deputy Labour commissioner has sought a report regarding the matter.
Contract Safai worker commits suicide in Mumbai over delay in regularisation of employment
5 January 2018: Sumathi Devendran (35), a contract safai worker of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation killed herself due to delay in regularization of her employment despite Supreme Court orders.
2700 Contract Safai workers of BMC were awarded permanency as their contract arrangement was found to be sham and bogus by the Industrial Tribunal in 2007. BMC had appealed to the Apex Court in 2017 against the award but the Supreme Court upheld the order of the Industrial Tribunal and ordered immediate absorption of the Contract Safai Workers in the BMC workforce.
Contract Safai workers of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) under the banner of their union Kachra Vahatuk Shramik Sangh, staged protest demanding immediate regularization and payment of all arrears which amount to Rs.1 Lakh per worker.