An RSS-affiliated labour union on Sunday accused the Centre of adopting a ‘callous’ and ‘neglecting’ attitude in fulfilling its promises and said it will go all out against it’s “anti-labour actions” and take strongest action including going on a strike.
Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) declared a one-day national strike on September 2, but decided to hold it till the outcome of their meeting with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday.
BMS general secretary Virjesh Upadhyay told PTI that the decision was taken at its 136th national executive meeting of Sangh, that concluded today at Bhopal, and passed a resolution condemning the callous approach of the NDA government.
The BMS has been invited by the Finance Minister for a discussion on their pending issues on Tuesday, where Labour Minister and other officials will be present besides BMS president and general secretary.
“BMS strongly condemns the callous delay and neglecting attitude of the central government in not fulfilling the signed promises it has made on the charter of demands raised by the Joint forum of central trade unions.
“The signed promises were given by both Labour Minister and Labour Secretary in August last year as a sequence to the decisions taken by the five-ministerial group headed by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley formed by the Prime Minister.
“The government has disrespected the tripartite tradition followed in the country before any labour-related decisions are taken. The government, by disappointing 50 crore workers in the country, stands today in a sorry state in front of them,” said a BMS resolution adopted at its national executive meeting.
It further said it is most unfortunate that in spite of passing of more than 11 months, the government has not cared to make any attempt to implement them where as every time “anti-worker decisions” are coming up so fast in the name of economic and labour reforms.
It appears that, the government is succumbing to the pressures of employers by not implementing the proposed wages for contract labour, it said. The BMS said the EPFO is repeatedly being attempted to be privatised against the interests of the workers and its autonomous character is being eroded gradually.
“It is very strange that promises made by the Prime Minister that the spirit of tripartism will be upheld, and by ministers that the demands of workers will be met, proposed wages of Rs 10,000 for the contract workers will be implemented, social security will be assured to unorganised sector are being flouted without any regard,” the resolution further said.
The BMS said the EPFO is repeatedly being attempted to be privatised against the interests of the workers and its autonomous character is being eroded gradually.
“It is very strange that promises made by the Prime Minister that the spirit of tripartism will be upheld, and by Ministers that the demands of workers will be met, proposed wages of Rs 10,000 for the contract workers will be implemented, social security will be assured to unorganised sector are being flouted without any regard,” the resolution further said.
The 136th national executive meet resolved to declare a one-day national strike on September 2, but said, considering the past experiences it is “apprehensive” of the outcome of such a meeting proposed with Finance Minister.
It has now authorised the President and General Secretary of BMS to declare the strike after the result of the August 16 meeting was out. Earlier, BMS had earlier organised huge demonstrations in different parts of the country against the Centre’s policies.
Nationwide protests were held on February 24 in connection with their demand to stop Labour Reforms with immediate effect as they were anti-labour.
On June 4, there were demonstrations in all the states demanding implementation off Bonus Amendment act. BMS had warned in its office bearers’ meeting held in Nagpur a month ago that such anti-labour acts will compel us to go for agitation; still nothing positive has come from the Government.
On July 8, demosntrations were held in more than 500 districts of the country against non implementation of promises made in writing on 28th August 2015 by the Labour Minister.