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Air India maintenance technicians strike

Around 1,700 aircraft maintenance technicians at Air India (AI) began an indefinite strike in Mumbai on March 15. The technicians are employed on fixed-term contracts with Air India Engineering Services Limited (AIESL), a government-owned company. The workers want a salary increase, employment contract renewal and a dearness allowance.

On the same day, AI engineers across India held a one-day protest by working without using tools. They were protesting low salaries and the lack of medical facilities. It was the first national strike by AI workers since the national carrier was sold to Tata in October 2021.

Doctors at Maharashtra’s state-run colleges intensify industrial action

Teaching doctors at state-run medical colleges in Maharashtra extended strike action on March 14 to include a boycott of clinical work. Permanent and temporary medical teachers, who are also doctors, have not held classes for more than a month. They are demanding implementation of the seventh pay commission, payment of arrears, no transfers to new colleges and improved promotions.

The doctors stepped up their action because there had been no response from the government over their demands, despite a month and a half of demonstrations and hunger protests.

Haryana Roadways workers protest privatisation

Haryana Roadways workers demonstrated in Chandigarh on March 13 against the privatisation of public transport. Roadways workers from across the state assembled at Karan Park and marched toward the chief minister’s residence but were stopped by a heavy contingent of police.

They handed a memorandum of their demands to a government representative, which included equal grade pay, restoration of the old pension scheme, permanency of services for contract workers and the filling of vacant posts.

Life Insurance Corporation workers in Tamil Nadu oppose privatisation

Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) of India workers demonstrated in Madurai, Tamil Nadu on March 10 in opposition to the Modi government’s move to sell shares in the state-owned enterprise. They held a candlelight march and demonstrated outside all the LIC offices in Madurai district after regular office hours. Similar demonstrations were held in nearby districts, including Theni, Dindigul, Ramanathapuram, Sivaganga and Virudhunagar.

Insurance Corporation Employees’ Union members and other organisations are opposing the selling of profit-making Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs). They said the LIC was a huge contributor to the national economy and that its shares should not be sold to private players.

LIC workers have warned that nationwide protests would be held on the day LIC shares are listed in the stock exchange.

Rajasthan government computer operators demand permanency

Contract computer operators working under the Rajasthan state government’s free medicine and investigation scheme have been protesting for more than two weeks in Jaipur over several demands. Protesters include clinical record assistants, medical information assistants and lower division clerks. Several have been on a hunger strike for nine days.

There are 4,041 computer operators under the free medicine scheme and 713 in the free investigation scheme. They want an increase in monthly salaries from 8,500 rupees ($US111) to 18,000, permanent positions for workers with ten years’ service and to be officially classified as “computer operators.”

Tamil Nadu road tollgate workers strike over pay

Sixty-seven tollgate workers in Kallakurichi, on the Chennai to Salem highway, walked out on March 15 over unpaid wages. The workers claimed that the contractor has not paid their full wage for the past eight months and accused the contractor of trying to downsize the workforce to 40.

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