FOR the first time after independence, the central trade unions and independent industrial federations in the country joined together to adopt a ‘Workers’ Charter’ and demanded that these demands be included in the election manifestoes of the political parties. The ‘Workers’ Charter’ was unanimously adopted in the joint national convention of workers held in New Delhi on March 5, 2019.
Forty Lakh Signatures Collected against Scanty Budget for ICDS
HUNDREDS of Anganwadi Workers and Helpers from all over the country under the leadership of All India Federation of Anganwadi Workers and Helpers (AIFAWH), marched to the parliament on February 25 protesting against the inadequate budget allocation for implementation of increased remuneration, and against the introduction of direct cash transfer in the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS).
THE joint national convention of central trade unions and industrial federations, held on August 8, 2017 in Delhi gave the historic call for a massive ‘Mahapadav’ (sit-in) near Parliament from November 9-11.
THE Construction Workers Federation of India (CWFI) has given a call to make the November 9-11‘Delhi Chalo’ programme of central trade unions and federations a grand success and ensure maximum participation of construction workers in it.
The CWFI all India working committee, at its 60th meeting held in Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh on August 29-30, also decided to take up the issues of ban on sand and black stone mining, and disbursal of construction workers’ welfare fund. The meeting was presided over by CWFI president R Singaravelu, Malathi Chittibabu and N Veeraswamy.
THE working committee of CITU which met in Shimla from July 14-16 has called upon the working class of the country to intensify struggles against the anti-people anti- national policies of the BJP led government. It also extended full support and solidarity to the struggles of the farmers in various parts of the country and called upon its committees at all levels to actively support their struggles in all possible forms.
THE Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime began on July 1, 2017. Thousands of columns in newspapers were filled with news on the “great virtues” of the GST and advertisements by governments and corporates. And, to take credit for it, there is a public debate between former union finance minister P Chidambaram and the incumbent Arun Jaitley as to who fathered the GST; was it UPA or NDA?
THE All India Federation of Anganwadi Workers and Helpers (AIFAWH), in a statement issued on July 13, has congratulated the anganwadi workers and helpers all over the country for the magnificent success of the observance of “All India Demands’ Day” on July 10.
HUNDREDS of anganwadi workers and helpers burnt the BJP election manifesto for the 2014 parliament elections on May 26, 2017, the third anniversary of the NDA government observing it as “Dhoka Diwas” as per the call of All India Federation of Anganwadi Workers and Helpers.
STATE Bank of India (SBI), the largest public sector bank in india and the largest bank in the world with regard to network, has set a bad precedent last week by announcing a steep hike in service charges on various categories and introducing certain new service charges.