August 30, 2015

Onto All India General Strike, Sept 2

MILLIONS of workers have so far participated in the preparatory meetings and rallies in support of the nationwide General Strike on September 2, 2015 called by the Central Trade Unions. The unprecedented support from the workers shows the urge for changing the current economic policies that have put the workers and peasants into tremendous crisis. The united platform of the trade unions consists of 11 central trade unions viz. BMS, INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, UTUC, LPF and All India federations of banks, insurance, defense, telecom, central/state government employees and other service establishments. The trade unions have served a demand notice to the central and state governments with the following charter of demands:  Withdrawal of anti-labour, pro-corporate amendments in labour laws  Withdrawal of land acquisition amendment ordinance  Minimum wages not less than Rs. 15,000 per month  Same wage and benefits for contract workers at par with regular workers,  Universalisation of Public distribution System,  Banning speculative trade in commodity market,  Employment generations,  Enforcement of all basic labour laws  Universal social security cover,  Pension for all,  Stoppage of FDI in Railways, Insurance and Defense, etc.