Minimum wage

Three major trade unions representing around 4 million workers staged a strike on February 13. The workers alleged that the government had put a cap on wage hikes, leading to them losing out on benefits

The workers in the State of West Bengal continue to be paid as low as USD 3 a day. They are demanding wage revision and implementation of the Minimum Wages Act in the jute industry

According to local reports, the companies have forced many senior employees to resign, presumably to avoid paying higher wages and social security benefits. Earlier, over 5,000 employees had been arrested for taking part in protests in January

After Pulido Apparel Company closed its factories in December, citing losses, it began re-hiring some of the workers but blacklisted union leaders and any workers who had supported the union

The protest on February 8 was in solidarity with the midday meal workers in the State of Bihar, who have been on an indefinite strike since January 7. The other demands include payment of salaries throughout the year and an end to the privatization of the midday meal scheme

The protest will be held in solidarity with the near 250,000 mid-day meal scheme workers who have been protesting in the State of Bihar, demanding higher wager, government employee status and pensions

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