Differences persist, unions firm on strike

Prime Minister has not given any assurance: trade unions

July 20, 2015 12:03 am | Updated April 01, 2016 02:34 pm IST - New Delhi:

Differences between government and trade unions over labour reforms proposals persisted on Sunday and unions threatened to go ahead with their nation-wide strike on September 2 in support of their demands after a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi failed to make any headway.

The assertion by the unions came on the eve of the 46th Indian Labour Conference to be addressed by Mr. Modi on Monday, where government, trade unions and industry would come face to face to discuss various issues including government’s labour reforms.

The Prime Minister, during a tea meeting with the Central trade union leaders, heard their views on various economic policies and labour related laws.

Emerging from the meeting, trade union leaders said the Prime Minister had not given any assurance and hence they would go ahead with their strike in support of their 12-point charter of demands.

Divergent views on contract labour Earlier, the union leaders held extensive discussions on labour issues with the inter-ministerial panel headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

The first meeting of the high-power panel witnessed divergent views on contentious issues of contract labour and minimum wages, though there was unanimity on providing more benefits and social security cover to workers.

The other points of convergence relate to issues like recognition of trade unions and amendment to the Bonus Act.

From the government side, the meeting was attended by Mr. Jaitley, Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Power Minister Piyush Goyal and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Jitendra Singh.

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