May 26, 2015 2:03:35 am
With the Narendra Modi-led government busy listing out its achievements in its first year that also include labour reforms, leaders of all Central trade unions including the BJP-backed Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) are set to hold a convention on Tuesday against the ‘anti-labour’ policies of the government and to plan out their agitation road map including an union strike going forward.
Tapan Sen, general secretary, Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) said that all unions will meet in Delhi on Tuesday and will raise their voice against the unilateral labour reforms and protest against the government’s indifference toward their 10-point agenda.
“We will raise voice against a number of changes made in labour laws that are pro-corporate and various other decisions like changes proposed in provident fund, disinvestment, privatisation and FDI in Railways among others,” said Sen.
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The formal announcement for a one-day general strike on September 2, is expected to be made on Tuesday at the National Convention of Central Trade Unions.
“All union including BMS will participate and we will decide on the programmes to be taken up including going on strikes to raise our voice against the government’s anti-labour policies,” said CH Venkatachalam, general secretary, AIBEA.
The 10-point charter demands inclusion of issues such as government steps to deal with price rise and unemployment.
In the meantime, the government has constituted an inter-ministerial panel to discuss issues raised by them.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi has constituted a committee in which finance minister Arun Jaitley, oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan, power minister Piyush Goyal, minister of state in prime minister’s office Jitendra Singh and myself are included,” said labour minister Bandaru Dattatreya on Monday while addressing the media at the unveiling of an exhibition-cum-awareness meeting.
A release by the labour ministry said it has decided to constitute an inter-ministerial committee “to hold threadbare discussions with representatives of Central trade unions on the 10-point charter of demands and other issues being raised by them and for recommending measures to address those issues.”
While the trade unions raised several demands, the ministry has already discussed these issues with them. Dattatreya said that several of their demand are nearing agreement and while they are meeting (among themselves) on Tuesday, it is now up to them and the ball is in their court.
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