Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has convened a meeting of the central trade unions on August 19 to discuss labour and other issues. They have been seeking a meeting with Dr. Singh for long and a delegation had even called on him last week in this connection. The trade unions have been demanding the resignation of the Union Labour and Employment Minister K. Chandrasekara Rao for his "failure" in running the Ministry.

"It is good that the Prime Minister has called a meeting to ameliorate the grievances of the trade unions. We will take a common approach and will tell him the problems we are facing," the All-India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) general secretary Gurudas Dasgupta said.

Eight trade unions have received the invitation for the dinner meeting with the Prime Minister. These are Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, Centre of Indian Trade Unions, Hind Mazdoor Sabha, Indian National Trade Union Congress, National Federation of Indian Trade Unions, United Trade Union Congress and the United Trade Union Congress (LS).