THE Electricity Employees Federation of India (EEFI), in a statement issued on October 7, has conveyed warm greetings to all the participants and constituent organisations of Vidyut Karmachari Sanjukta Sangharsha Samity (VKSSS), UP, for their heroic struggle to oppose the move of Uttar Pradesh government to privatise electricity distribution. Lauding the efforts of VKSSS, it said that the unity of the electricity employees made them victorious and that they have set an example before the working class of our country.
THE joint platform of central trade unions and independent industrial federations called for countrywide protests on September 23, 2020. This was on the immediate lockdown related demands of workers and toiling people, opposing the labour codes that curtail the existing rights and benefits of the workers and also the privatisation drive of the BJP led government.
THE Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) congratulated the workers of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) for two days strike action on September 7-8, against the privatisation of BPCL and the BJP government and called it a pointer to growing resistance against the BJP government.
THE joint platform of central trade unions and sectoral federations/associations on August 31, unanimously denounced the renewed move of the central government to unilaterally and on absolutely arbitrary grounds, impose conditions for forced premature retirement on its employees.
THE joint platform of central trade union organisations condemned the filing of FIRs against the workers who were peacefully protesting against the labour policy, disinvestment and privatisation of public sector enterprises on August 9. The joint platform of the trade unions wrote a letter to the union home minister on August 17, seeking his intervention.
THE All India Co-ordination Committee of Road Transport Workers Organisations (AICCORTWO) has called for a protest day on August 5, in a move to draw attention to the severe crisis that is pushing the transport industry to collapse during the Covid-19 pandemic despite the workers being on duty braving dire conditions.
CITU general secretary, Tapan Sen, lodged a complaint with the union secretary of labour and employment and the chief labour commissioner (central), against the management of Air India. He urged them to intervene and resolve the issue of Air India employees who were forced to go on compulsory leave without payment.
A CRUCIAL section of Covid-19 frontline workers – all women and ill-treated all through – has been fighting the dual dangers of the pandemic and the increased hunger and malnutrition due to the lockdown. Not even considered as “workers” by the government, Anganwadi workers and helpers, ASHA workers and Mid-day Meal workers have been risking their lives as they worked to alleviate the sufferings of the people during the pandemic as India’s ruling class is busy toppling governments, selling off the country’s assets and sovereignty.