Eight trade unions backing call for strike tomorrow
Government employees and many of those working in the private sector will go on a one-day countrywide general strike on Tuesday under the banner of eight major trade unions including Congress-affiliated INTUC against price rise, violation of labour laws and disinvestment of PSUs.
"Nearly six crore workers will participate in the strike across the country. Those employed in private sector will also join the strike in many places," AITUC general secretary and CPI MP Gurudas Dasgupta told a news agency in New Delhi on Monday.
AITUC, CITU, HMS, AIUTUC, TUCC, AICCTU, UTUC and federations of different categories of workers and employees will participate in the general strike, which has been called by Coordination Committee of Central Trade Unions headed by INTUC president G Sanjeeva Reddy, he said.
"This is going to be biggest strike that ever happened in recent years in this country as after 63 years all the trade unions have come together on a common platform," Dasgupta claimed.
All the "branches of economy" will be affected due to strike as workers from sectors including coal, power, telecom, banks, insurance, defence, port and dock, road transport, petroleum and construction will join the call, he said.
Trade unions earlier had drawn up a five-point charter "asking the government to curb the price rise but nothing was done," he charged.
"The trade unions have been agitating against disinvestment of public sector. They (trade unions) are angry because labour laws are being violated," he said.
Trade unions want massive investment for social security for unorganised labourers. "We are also protesting job loss and contractualisation of jobs in the country," he added.
Dasgupta said that the strike will not be the "last thing". If the situation does not improve, workers will march to Parliament in February next year.
"Trade unions can not be marginalised. They must be heard.We want social justice, reasonable share of the wealth workers produce. That's all," he added.
BJP-affiliate Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), however, has kept itself away from the strike call.
"BMS is not participating in the strike as it is politically motivated and not for the welfare of workers," vice president of Delhi unit of the union Kiran Dutta said. (RBY-06/09)
Monday, September 06, 2010
Eight trade unions backing call for strike tomorrow
Bank officers not to join tomorrow's nation-wide stir
Mumbai, Sep 6 (PTI) Banking operations are not likely to be totally affected by tomorrow's strike called by central trade unions, as officers from the State Bank of India as also from other banks, will not join the strike.
"Bank officers will not join the general strike call given by central trade unions tomorrow," All India State Bank Officers' Federation and All India Bank Officers' Confederation General Secretary G D Nadaf said in a statement here.
The officers federation would, however, extend "fraternal support" to the striking workers, he said.
According to him, only two bank unions - the All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA) and Bank Employees Federation of India (BEFI) - are participating in tomorrow's strike.
Strike call to hit banking operations on Tuesday
Banking operations are expected to be hit on 7th September, with the All-India Bank Employees Association joining the nationwide strike called by several unions to protest against the price rise, unemployment, grant of licences to private banks and other issues.
Nearly 10 lakh employees from 27 public sector banks, 18 foreign banks, 26 private banks, 82 regional rural banks and 1,721 cooperative banks will participate in the strike, an All-India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA) statement issued in Mumbai said.
AIBEA has opposed FDI in private sector banks and demanded the expansion of the public sector banks' network from 40,000 branches to 1,00,000 across the country.
"Expansion of public sector banks network is necessary for reaching out to the poorest of the poor for making the financial inclusion model of the RBI a success," AIBEA Secretary Vishwas Utagi said.
Besides bankers, nearly 44 crore employees, including those from the organised and unorganised sectors and industries, will participate in the strike, he said.
"We are protesting against price rise, violation of labour laws and disinvestment in public sector undertakings," he said.
Source: DDI News
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