Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Wednesday that the disgruntled employees cannot contribute to economic growth and trade union rights have to be respected,according to senior CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta.
Dasgupta,who met the Prime Minister in New Delhi on Wednesday,after he was detained near Gurgaon on his way to address a workers’ rally last week,said that Singh also asserted that trade unions were an integral part of the democratic system and their rights needed to be respected.
The CPI leader,who also submitted a memorandum,said after he raised the issue of “violation” of trade union rights in Haryana and their “suppression” by the police,the Prime Minister told him that trade union laws have to be enforced.
“He (Singh) also said that disgruntled workers cannot contribute to economic growth and it is not good for a government to be seen as anti-worker”,Dasgupta said.
After the meeting,he said Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda rang him up and promised to settle labour problems in Gurgaon.
Dasgupta and AITUC leader H L Sachdeva were detained by the police on October one when they were going to address the agitating workers of companies like Sun Beam and RICCO.
Charging the police with acting “illegally” and “interfering in normal trade union activities at the behest of the corporates”,Dasgupta said discontent was brewing among workers of several companies in Gurgaon as their trade union rights were being “suppressed”.