Working Class Issues

Trade Unions Oppose Move to Amend Factories Act to Enhance Working Hours

CENTRAL trade unions have opposed any move by the government to amend the Factories Act to enhance the weekly working hours to 72 in the guise of "exceptional circumstances” posed by the coronavirus outbreak. The trade unions – INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, LPF, and UTUC – referred to media reports on the proposed amendments and demanded that the government clarify its stand.

CITU Demands Action against Firms Sacking Workers during Coronavirus Lockdown

THE Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) demanded the central government’s intervention to prevent firms from sacking its employees and to ensure payment of salaries during the coronavirus lockdown in the country.

As part of its relentless efforts to safeguard the rights of the workers in the country, the union had written the fifth letter in a row, on this issue to the secretary of the ministry of labour and employment.

Thousands of Working Women Court Arrest on International women’s Day

JAGAH hai kitni jail me teri, Dekh liya aur dekhenge! (How much space is there in your jails, we have seen, we will see)”, a popular protest slogan, was literally turned into action by women workers under the banner of the All India Coordination Committee of Working Women (CITU) on March 6. In spite of heavy rains in north India, according to preliminary reports, nearly 1.5 lakh working women from 20 states, from around 300 districts, in 385 places courted arrest on the long pending demands of women of the working class.

CITU Appeals for Relief Fund for Delhi Riot Victims

THE gruesome communal violence orchestrated by the RSS-BJP combine has led to loss of more than 44 lives, extensive destruction of homes, property and livelihoods in North East Delhi. Most of the affected belong to unorganised sector workers, migrant workers and lower middle class households from both the communities. The role of the police and the BJP government at the centre are highly condemnable. Hundreds had to flee their homes and are staying in shelter homes. There is an atmosphere of fear, anxiety and mistrust among the people.

Two-Day Strike by BPCL Workers

A NATIONAL convention against privatisation of BPCL was held at the BPCL Kochi refinery premises on February 9, 2020 under the banner of all the three national federations, AIPWF, NFPW and PGWFI. Delegates from all over the country representing all the branches of oil and natural gas -  production, refining, pipeline and marketing representing ONGC, OIL, GAIL, IOCL, BPCL, HPCL, MRPL, Balmer Lawrie, Pawan Hans and more participated in the convention. 

Sixteenth All India Conference of CITU: Scale Up Struggles Change Policies

THE 16th conference of CITU concluded on January 27, 2020 with thunderous slogans announcing the determination of the around 2000 delegates to defeat the neoliberal policies of the BJP led government and the divisive disruptive agenda of the RSS mentored BJP. The conference was held with the slogan ‘Scale up Struggles. Change Policies’.

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