Around 20 crore specialists of the Central Trade Unions will from Tuesday start a 48-hour across the country strike to challenge the government’s supposed enemy of laborer approaches. The BJP has, then, contradicted the Bharat Bandh calls. As indicated by AITUC general secretary Amarjeet Kaur, 10 CTUs have held hands to go on the strike and 20 crore laborers are relied upon to join the Bharat Bandh.
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“This is the largest number of workers from formal and informal sectors joining the strike against anti-people and anti-worker policies of the BJP-led central government,” added Kaur while addressing a joint press conference of the 10 CTUs.
According to the AITUC general secretary, areas like education, coal, steel, banking, electricity, telecom, health, protection and transport, inter alia, are probably going to extend support to the strike.
“We will go on a protest march from Mandi House to Parliament in New Delhi on Wednesday. Similar protests would be done across the country,” she said.
Underlining that the CTUs are against unilateral labour reforms, Kaur said: “We have given suggestions on labour codes. But during the discussion…trade unions’ demands were rejected. We went on strike on September 2, 2016. We also did 3-day ‘Mahapadav’ (agitation) from November 9-11 in 2017. But the government did not come for dialogue rather went ahead with unilateral labour reforms.”
Farmers across the country will also join the strike. According to Hannan Mollah, the general secretary of the CPI(M)-affiliated All India Kisan Sabha: “AIKS and Bhumi Adhikar Andolan will observe ‘gramin hartal’, rail roko and road roko on January 8 and 9, the day trade unions are observing a nationwide general strike. This move is against the Modi government’s failure to address rural distress issues, to save rural farmers’ lands from the corporate. The farmers will extend all support to the ensuing general strike.”
The 10 Central Trade Unions taking to the streets incorporate Indian National Trade Union Congress, Labor Progressive Federation, Hind Mazdoor Sabha, Trade Union Coordination Center, All India Trade Union Congress, Center of Indian Trade Unions, All India United Trade Union Center, Self Employed Women’s Association, All India Central Council of Trade Unions, and United Trade Union Congress.
“The government has failed to create jobs and grossly ignored unions’ 12-point charter of demands. The Group of Ministers headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on labour issues has not called unions for any discussion since September 2, 2015 strike. This has left us with no other option but to go on strike,” Kaur said.