Telangana: Road Transport workers’ strike continues for fulfillment of 26 point demands

Telangana: Road Transport workers’ strike continues for fulfillment of 26 point demands

30 October 2019: Over 50,000 workers of Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) – drivers, conductors, cleaners and clerical workers have been on indefinite strike since midnight of Friday, 4 October 2019. Workers have raised twenty-six demands, including reorganisation of TSRTC, prompt payment of all government funds due to the TSRTC, allocation of at least 1% of the state budget towards public transport, reduction of taxes on public transport, revision of workers’ pay pending now for two-years and payment of all arrears due, child-care leave for women workers, repayment of all amounts taken from workers’ welfare funds along with interest, job security for all workers and regularisation of contract workers, end to outsourcing of repair and maintenance work, recruitment of new workers to meet shortfalls, retirements and vacancies in the workforce, removal of unserviceable buses, replacement of privately hired buses with new TSRTC owned buses and expansion of the bus fleet.

To quell the strike called by the Joint Action Committee of TSRTC trade unions the government issued suspension notices to the 50,000 striking workers on 8 October 2019 and approached the High Court to force the striking workers back to work. However, hearing the matter on 29 October 2019 the division bench of Telangana High Court comprising Chief Justice Raghavendra Singh Chauhan and Justice A Abhishek Reddy rapped the government and asked as to why the government cannot pay ₹47 crore to help the RTC which would take care of the 16 monetary demands of the workers.

Assam: Midday meal workers oppose privatisation of scheme

29 October 2019: Midday meal workers held a protest in Silchar, Assam opposing the proposed privatisation of the scheme. Assam government has decided to contract out the cooking of meals to an NGO named Akriti. The move is set to leave thousands of midday meal workers jobless.

Karnataka: High Court orders Hindustan Aeronautical Limited workers to end indefinite strike

22 October 2019: Over 20,000 workers of Bengaluru based Hindustan Aeronautics Limited who went on indefinite strike starting 14 October 2019 were ordered to end their strike after the management approached High Court on 18 October 2019. Karnataka High Court issued an interim order restraining workers from continuing the strike including go-slow, work to rule or any form of agitation or disrupting day-to-day activities of HAL and its offices in Bengaluru on 22 October 2019. HAL workers were demanding raise in basic salary and perks at par with the company executives. Executives had got 15% fitment or increase in basic salary and 35% perks while workers are being offered 10% fitment and 18% perks.

Jharkhand: Aanganwadi workers win raise in honorarium, end 33-day long strike

10 October 2019: Over 80,000 aanganwadi sevikas and sahayikas from across Jharkhand resumed work on 9 October 2019 after state Social Welfare, Women and Child Development minister Louis Marandi agreed to raise their honorarium and withdraw cases against striking workers. Honorarium for Aanganwadi sevikas has been raised from ₹5,900 to ₹6,400 per month, Aanganwadi helpers from ₹2,970 to ₹3200 and mini-aanganwadi workers from ₹4,200 to ₹4,700 per month, respectively. However, even the revised honorarium is less than the statutory minimum wages for semi-skilled and skilled workers in the state which remain at ₹6,805 and ₹8,970 respectively.

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