Vol. XL No. 31 July 31, 2016

Road Transport Workers Co-ordination Committee Calls for Making Success Sept 2 General Strike

THE Co-ordination Committee meeting of the Road Transport Workers Federations and Unions was held on July 27 at AITUC office in New Delhi. The meeting discussed the serious developments taking place in the road transport sector. It unanimously adopted a declaration calling upon the road transport workers in the country to participate in the September 2 All India General Strike. The meeting was chaired by Varma, general secretary of Indian National Transport Workers Federation (INTUC). All India Road Transport Workers Federation, National Federation of Indian Road Transport Workers, HMS, LPF affiliated transport unions, independent and also recognised unions, Telangana Mazdoor Union and National Mazdoor Union from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh respectively, for the first time attended the meeting. Other independent unions from Delhi, Uttarakhand also attended the meeting. The meeting strongly condemned the moves of the central government to bring amendments to the Motor Vehicle Act that are aimed at dismantling all the state road transport undertakings, eliminate the single truck and bus, auto and taxi operators and to hand over the entire transport to the big corporate companies. Further it will burden the people at large by way of increase in passenger fares and the price rise of all commodities. The meeting demanded the government to forthwith withdraw the draconion bill and amendments and hold negotiations with all the stakeholders on the problems of the transport industry and the workers. The meeting appealed to the people of India to extend their support to the strike on September 2, 2016 and requested them to postpone their journeys if any scheduled on September 2, 2016. The meeting called upon all the road transport workers in the country to participate in the strike in a big way, irrespective of affiliations. The meeting suggested all the unions to organise state level conventions unitedly and to make an extensive campaign by distributing leaflets, pasting posters in local languages and organise meetings at the lowest level possible to prepare the transport workers for the strike. The meeting unanimously expressed solidarity to the state transport workers of Karnataka who are on strike for the last three days demanding wage revision and other reasonable and just demands. The meeting appealed the state government to settle the demands amicably through bipartite negotiations with the unions. The meeting strongly condemned the repressive actions on the HPRTC trade union movement by the Himachal Pradesh state government and demanded that the normal trade union movement be allowed to run.