Punjab: Protests spark across the state as government delays recruitment over 30,000 vacant teaching positions
31 December 2019: Farmers, Students and unemployed have come together to demand recruitment of teachers in Punjab where over 30,000 teaching positions are vacant. Protests took place across the state including Sangrur, Barnala, Bathinda, Mansa, Patiala, Faridkot, Ferozepur, Rupnagar, Amritsar, Muktsar and Fazilka districts under the banner of ETT-TET Unemployed Teachers’ Union and the Unemployed BEd Teachers’ Union. Punjab has over 65,000 BEd-TET qualified teachers who remain unemployed because of government’s inaction in the matter.
Chhattisgarh: Health workers of Jawahar Lal Nehru Research Centre and Hospital strike work, demand pending wages
28 December 2019: Over 200 contract health workers including nurses and ward attendants of Jawahar Lal Nehru (JLN) Research Centre and Hospital at Bhilai, Chhattisgarh struck work on 28 December 2019 demanding wages pending since October 2019. The contract workers work on minimum wage and not provided any social security benefits, duty slips or gate pass.
This JLN Hospital caters to the workers of the Bhilai Steel plant. In solidarity the members of the Hindustan Ispat Theka Shramik Union struck work at the steel plant on the same day.
Assam: Mid-Day Meal workers strike work against privatisation of services
12 December 2019: Over 400 Mid-Day Meal workers came together against the Government Order to outsource cooking services to NGOs. There are over 40,000 students in 556 schools who are currently served by the Mid-Day meal workers who are paid a meagre honorarium of Rs.1,000 per month. The Mid-Day meal workers in Assam are demanding regularisation and Rs 10,000 as honorarium at par with their counterparts in states like Tamil Nadu and Telengana.
Manipur: Food Corporation of India workers demand reinstatement of casual workers
8 December 2019: Workers of Food Corporation of India (FCI) staged a protest at the gate of the FCI godown in Imphal demanding reinstatement of 80 casual workers who were illegally terminated on 6 December 2019. A joint platform of various organisations called the North East Forum for International Solidarity is leading the struggle for immediate reinstatement of the terminated workers.