Working Class Issues

Code on Social Security: An Attempt to Dismantle Workers’ Social Security

THE third version of the Code on Social Security 2019, which will subsume eight laws related to social security of both organised as well as unorganised workers, has been circulated for stakeholders’ consultations on September 17. The CITU has raised serious objection to this codification exercise being undertaken on pretext of “universalizing” social security benefit as it unleashes a frontal attack on all social security schemes meant for workers.

CITU Condemns Massive Retrenchment of IT Employees

THE Centre of Indian Trade Unions, in a statement issued on November 6, has expressed deep concern at the mass retrenchments of employees in the IT sector. IT majors like Cognizant, Infosys, and Capgemini have reportedly announced retrenchment of thousands of workers. While Capgemini has already laid off around 5000 workers, Cognizant is reported to be laying off 7000 of its workers.

Oil & Petroleum Workers’ Strike on Nov 28

A NATIONAL Convention of Oil & Petroleum workers organised by the trade unions of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), Oil India Limited (OIL), Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) was held in Mumbai on October 26. Around 350 union workers from these oil public sector undertakings (PSUs), from all over the country, participated in the convention and resolved to protest against the move to privatise oil PSUs in the country. They called for an all India strike on November 28.

Telangana: Transport Corporation Employees on Strike Since Oct 5

TELANGANA State Road Transport Corporation employees have been on strike since October 5, but there is no resolution in sight due to the government’s irresponsible stand and unilateral action. All opposition mass organisations, parties, and employees, teachers and workers’ unions have announced their support and solidarity. The protests have been continuing in many ways. The RTC Joint Action Committee has announced the future course of action. All parties, including the CPI(M), have agreed to participate in the programme in support of the strike and make it a success.

Onward to Countrywide General Strike

IT is the working class that builds the nation and protects the nation. And the working class will never allow national interests and the interests of the toiling people of this country to be sacrificed at the altar of the profit hungry corporates.

This was the clear and unambiguous message from the massive open joint national convention of trade unions held near Parliament on September 30, 2019.

Stop Repression on Telangana RTC Employees: CITU

THE Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), in a statement issued on October 7, has demanded the TRS government in Telangana to immediately stop its authoritarian measures to suppress the strike of the state road transport corporation (RTC) workers. The strike with total participation of the road transport corporation workers started on October 5, 2019 demanding the state government to take the necessary measures to save the state RTC.

Workers Call for a General Strike on January 8, 2020

A NATIONAL Open Mass Convention of Workers gave a call for a general strike in the country on January 8, 2020 against the economic polices pursued by the Modi government at the centre. The convention was attended by leaders of INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, LPF, UTUC and Independent Federations, Associations and Unions of Workers and Employees on September 30, 2019 at Parliament Street, New Delhi.

Below we present the resolution that was unanimously adopted in the convention:

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