Protest News Updates: 9 March 2018

9 March 2018

Bengaluru Metro employees union threaten indefinite strike 
Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Limited employees’ union today threatened to go on an indefinite stir from March 22 to press their charter of demands including higher wages and according recognition to the union. The Metro management warned that it would invoke provisions of the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) and action would be taken if anyone resorts to disrupting metro services. The BMRCL Employees Union said though it is registered and affiliated to the Indian National Trade Union Congress, it has not yet been recognised. The management has not accorded recognition despite the union fulfilling all the criteria, INTUC general secretary D Leelakrishnan told reporters. He accused the management of harassing office-bearers of the union on false pretext and resorting to “anti-union and anti-labour” policies to suppress it. Other office-bearers of the union rued that there wasdisparity in the salaries. ” More on this at:

No ‘nokkukooli‘ in Kerala from May 1 
In an investment friendly move, central trade unions in Kerala has endorsed the CPI(M) led LDF government’s decision to end ‘nokkukooli’, under which money paid to workers without rendering any service. ‘Nokkukooli’ is widely considered as a product of militant trade unionism that had resulted in frequent altercations between workers and business people. A decision to end the decades old practise of loaders taking money without rendering any service would come into affect from May 1, the labourers day. Trade unions extended support to the government proposal at a meeting convened by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan here yesterday. In a Facebook post, the Chief Minister said District Collectors would convene a meeting of trade unions to finalise the operation of the decision. The unions also announced that they would end the practise of supplying workers to establishments, Vijayan said. There was no complaint about labour in the state from trade and business or no company. More on this at:

HC notice to State on plea on construction workers’ welfare 
The Karnataka High Court on Thursday ordered issue of notice to the State government on a PIL petition, which has sought directions to ensure welfare of construction labourers, including payment… more at:

5.3 mn women take part in Spain’s first feminist strike 
Over 5 million women across Spain observed a mass strike on Thursday to protest pay inequality and highlight continued discrimination and gender violence as the country marked International Women’s Day with huge demonstrations planned for most towns and cities, according to major trade unions. More at:

“Will Fast If Sealing Issue Not Solved By March 31”: Arvind Kejriwal
The Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal is at the Amar Colony Market, meeting shop owners who are protesting the civic body’s sealing drive:

McDonald’s Flipped Its Logo To ‘Celebrate’ Women. Then Came The Backlash. 
Fast-food behemoth McDonald’s is temporarily flipping its iconic logo and switching its packaging in some U.S. locations – a move meant to celebrate International Women’s Day, the company says.

PMC to hold meeting on martyred soldier’s memorial on Mar 20
The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) today said it would hold a meeting on March 20 to finalise the location for the memorial of Army gunner Saurabh Pharate who was killed in Pampore in the line of duty in December 2016. Pharate’s parents, who began a hunger strike outside the PMC building yesterday seeking a memorial for their martyred son at Hadapsar, today called off the protest on assurance of the civic body. “A meeting of all the stake-holders, including local corporators, has been called on March 20 to finalise the location for the memorial,” said Shrinath Bhimale, Leader of House from the BJP. Saurabh’s father Nandkumar Pharate (60) said they have received a letter from PMC about the March 20 meeting. “We hope that all the local corporators will support the cause in the meeting and the decision on the location for memorial will be finalised,” he said. Three soldiers, including Saurabh (33), were killed in a militant attack on an Army convoy at Pampore on the …

GB Pant Engg college students, professors go on hunger strike 
Students and professors of the G B Pant Government Engineering College here today went on an indefinite hunger strike demanding a new campus for the institute from the Delhi government. They alleged that though Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had met students and teachers, and promised a new campus during their protest in April last year, the matter was still pending with the government. The campus is proposed to be set up in 23 acres land, the protesters said. In November last year, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) had barred the college from admitting students for the academic year 2017-18 due to lack of basic infrastructure.

Ambedkar backs TISS students over scholarship demand 
Dalit leader Prakash Ambedkar has come out in support of students of the city-based Tata Institute Of Social Sciences (TISS), who have been protesting against the withdrawal of financial aid provided to them. Ambedkar demanded that the Maharashtra government release funds for the distribution of scholarships to students across the state, and said the issue will also be raised in the ongoing session of the Legislature. A section of students has been on strike since February 21 after the TISS administration asked many of them, who have been chosen for government scholarships but are yet to get the money, to clear their dues related to tuitions, dining and hostel fees. The students of the research institute have also been protesting against the withdrawal of financial aid provided to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (SC/ST) scholars. On March 5, the TISS students’ union announced its decision to end the strike, but a section of students continued with the …

ICR Staff Reporter

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