Working Class Issues

Countrywide Strike in Road Transport on April 30

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.

CITU Calls for United Strike Action Against BJP-led Govt’s Policies

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 secretariat noted that the BJP regime is a regime of all round attack on the labour rights of the workers and land-rights of the farmers; attack on

BSNL Workers on Two Days strike on April 21-22

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.

CITU Unions Capture Majority Seats in Powergrid Committee

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. Out of the total 26 seats for which secret ballot took place, CITU has won 14 seats while BMS and INTUC have won seven and five seats, respectively.

ANDHRA PRADESH: Heroic Struggle of Anganwadi Workers

THE anganwadi workers scored an emphatic victory over the unwilling Andhra Pradesh state   government after their spirited struggle in the heart of Hyderabad. Thousands of anganwadi workers from Andhra Pradesh marched on the streets of Hyderabad braving severe repression let loose on them by the Telugu Desam government. The anganwadi workers were protesting against the anti-people and anti-worker policies of the Modi led NDA government at the centre and Chandrababu led TDP government in the state. More than 1,00,000 workers and helpers  across the state took part in the protest activities.

Fishers Federation Calls for Rejection of Meena Kumari Committee recommendations

THE All India Fishers and Fisheries Workers’ Federation (AIFFWF) strongly condemned the retrograde recommendations of the Meena Kumari Committee report and demanded the government of India to reject them totally.The meeting of the extended working committee of AIFFWF, which was held in the coastal town of Udupi in Karnataka on February 13-14, 2015 discussed in detail the Meena Kumari Committee recommendations on Deep Sea Fishing Policy and Guidelines and the impact of the Coastal Regulation Zone notification (CRZ) 2011 on the fishers.

Draft Transport Bill Clears Road for Privatisation

THE draft Road Transport and Safety Bill, 2014 has been formulated and put in the public domain without assessing the ground realities prevailing in the country. It is claimed that the vision of the Bill is to provide a framework for “safer, faster, and cost effective movements of passengers and freight in the country”. Statements from the ministry also suggest that the Bill incorporates the best evidence-based international safety policies.

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