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General Motors India illegally retrench 1,086 workers

28 July, 2021General Motors, at its Talegaon plant near Pune, India, retrenched all 1,086 unionized workers on 12 July, after they did not accept the voluntary separation scheme (VSS) offered by the company. General Motors is in the process selling its Pune plant to Great Wall Motors, a Chinese company.

Indian auto workers face growing precarity and industrial relations crisis

27 July, 2021In an online meeting held on 23 July, IndustriALL Global Union auto affiliates expressed concern that the Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated attacks on workers’ rights, undermining social dialogue and union rights. They called for joint action to strengthen union power.

IndustriALL calls on Indian government to address safety crisis

8 July, 2021In an online press conference held on 7 July, IndustriALL Global Union and its Indian affiliates highlighted increasing industrial accidents and workers’ deaths due to Covid-19, and called for the government to take urgent action to improve occupational health and safety.

Steel workers in India strike over wages

1 July, 2021More than 150,000 workers at the public sector plant Steel Authority of India (SAIL) and Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited (RINL) went on strike on 30 June after negotiations to solve a deadlock over wages failed.

Indian cement unions join forces to fight for health and safety

28 June, 2021Around 30 trade union leaders from India’s cement sector met online on 24 June to discuss occupational safety and health issues. At the end of the meeting, participants agreed on actions to better protect workers’ health and make their unions stronger.

IndustriALL Hyundai/Kia trade union network – a platform for global solidarity

8 June, 2021When the IndustriALL Hyundai/Kia trade union network met on 17-18 May, the question if ILO core labour standards will ultimately lead to transnational social dialogue at the Korean automaker was discussed.

Union busting at Novartis in India

12 May, 2021In the last few years, workers at Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis’ operations in India have been subjected to rights violations, where the local management refuses to engage with the long-established union.

India: Siemens management urged to pay arrears for delayed CBA

7 May, 2021Siemens workers’ Union in India is appealing for international support as the employer has been stalling negotiations on the collective agreement for more than 28 months, resulting in wage arrears for around 1,000 workers.

PROFILE: Shipbreaking workers’ union moves forward in India

3 May, 2021The Alang Sosiya Ship Recycling and General Workers Association (ASSRGWA) is a successful example of organizing India’s informal sector workers. The union has contributed to improving wages, social security measures and occupational health and safety (OHS), in what is often called the world’s most dangerous industry. 

No progress made in Indian health and safety crisis

10 March, 2021Incessant industrial accidents in India show that no progress has been made in improving occupational health and safety. A compilation of accidents reported in the press since India’s lockdown ended in May 2020 shows that the shockingly high accident rate in India’s factories, chemical plants and mines continues.