COLLECTIVE bargaining must not be viewed as a mere exercise for achievement of economic benefits in isolation from the perspective of class struggle. Collective bargaining must be understood as a measure of relief to economic exploitation and fillip to the fight for complete emancipation of the working class from capitalist class exploitation through path of class struggle.
THE entire 2.25 lakh employees of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), both the executives and the non-executives, are going on a country wide two-day strike on April 21-22, 2015, demanding immediate steps for the revival of BSNL. Thousands of BSNL employees conducted a March to the Parliament on February 25, and a memorandum was submitted to the prime minister’s office. Strike notice has been served on March 12, 2015.
ROAD transport workers, under the banner of various centrally affiliated federations and also those independently functioning have been called upon to observe a countrywide one day strike on April 30. This strike will involve all sections of passenger traffic – autos, bus, both private and public – and also goods transport of different sections. This is the first time such a countrywide strike has been called in the road transport sector.
THE Centre of Indian Trade Unions in a statement issued on April 1 has registered its strong protest over the government’s decision to invest 5 to 15 per cent of workers PF accumulation in speculative share market, ignoring the total opposition to this by the entire trade union movement.
THE meeting of the secretariat of the CITU held on March 23-24, 2015 at New Delhi, unanimously adopted a resolution calling upon the working people to prepare for countrywide united strike to decisively resist the brazenly anti-people and anti-national onslaught of the corporate-servile BJP led government on the national economy, the natural resources and life and livelihood of the common people, much to the detriment of national interests.
THE casual and contract workers engaged in the BSNL, numbering around one lakh, will go on a two days strike on April 21-22, 2015, demanding the government action for the revival of BSNL and also demanding regularisation of casual contract workers and implementation of minimum wage, social security measures like the EPF, ESI, gratuity etc. These workers are being brutally exploited and the labour laws of the country are not at all implemented for them.
The regular employees are also going on strike demanding revival of BSNL on the same days.
THE nationwide secret ballot to identify majority unions in Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) for representation in the Powergrid National Bipartite Committee (PNBC) was held on March 16. PNBC is the national forum in PGCIL where negotiations for long-term settlements on all issues concerning wages and service conditions take place and work-related issues are discussed and settled. It is a regular standing forum.
HUNDREDS of Delhi Airport workers under the banner of Airport Employees Union (CITU) held a demonstration before the office of Union Labour Ministry, in New Delhi on March 2 against the termination of contract workers who are working as loaders & packers with the Airport Authority of India and Indian Airlines at the IGI Airport in Delhi. The workers were arrested by the police.
THE call for one day strike on March 9, 2015 received overwhelming response from the employees of the Life Insurance Corporation and the four public sector general insurance companies across the country.