Tomorrow - March to Parliament
The Sponsoring Committee of Trade Unions has decided to organize the Massive March to Parliament Programme on 18th Feb. 2009. All COCs will take as many numbers of comrades as possible to participate in the programme. Particularly the adjoining states of Rajastan, Haryana, Punjab, M.P., U.P. will take to mobilize maximum number of comrades to take part in the March along with other sections of the Working Classes.
Charter of Demands as follows…
1. Stop retrenchment/lay-off and wage cuts on the pretext of financial crisis.
2. Prioritise on relief to the common people. Any relief or concessions granted to industry, domestic or foreign, must ensure and guarantee protection of jobs and additional employment generation.
3. Halt further deregulation of financial sector, strengthen public sector banks and insurance companies, impose embargo on non-banking and speculative activities by the banks and financial institutions including the foreign banks.
4. Revise upward the minimum wages rate for both urban and agricultural workers.
5. Ensure strictest implementation of all labour laws.
6. Universalise public distribution system (PDS) bringing within its purview all the 25 essential commodities to be supplied at subsidised prices.
7. Scrap PFRDA Bill; stop handing over provident fund accumulations to private fund managers.
8. Increase public investment in agriculture and infrastructure projects with specific thrust on power, road, irrigation and waterways.
9. Ensure credit flow from financial institution to target agriculture and small-scale sector with top most priority, followed by industrial sector and not for stock-market operation.
10. Ban participatory notes transactions, and impose higher capital gains tax, both long term and short term.
11. Ensure protection to domestic industries through increase in import tariff against possible dumping of industrial commodities in the background of falling prices in the international market owing to recession; India should not agree to any further cut in import tariff in the ongoing talks at WTO level.
12. Amend the Unorganised Workers Social Security Act based on the recommendations of the Parliamentary Standing Committee.
13. Provide universal coverage to National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. Create more jobs in labour intensive sector.