Casual worker not entitled to compensation: HC

The Delhi High Court has said a casual worker is not entitled to claim compensation from the principal employer in case he suffers an accident while performing the work under the direction and supervision of a contractor. Justice V B Gupta said those availing the services of such casual employees through a contractor for their trade or business do not have to pay compensation in case any injury is caused to such workers in the course of work.The court passed the order on an appeal filed by M/s Bhasin petrol pump challenging the order of Workmen's Compensation Commissioner awarding damages to a worker, Md Shoibuddin Khan on the ground that he was an "employee" under the meaning of the Workmen's Compensation Act

AI pilots threaten strike from Nov 24

Air India pilots today served the management a fresh ultimatum to sort out issues relating to salary and allowances in eight days, failing which they threatened to go on strike from November 24. In a letter written to the NACIL Chairman and Managing Director Arvind Jadhav, the Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA), said "if issues, including that of pending arrears, are not addressed by November 10, the letter be considered a strike notice. "This grievance letter be considered as a 14-day notice of strike under section 22 of the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947, by which strike shall be effective from 1700 hrs of November 24."ICPA, the non-executive pilots' body of the erstwhile Indian Airlines, claims representation of 800 pilots.It claimed that the company has not paid salary allowances, which constitute almost 70-80 per cent of their salary, since August. source:PTI

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