RSS trade union arm to protest Centre’s policies again

This is the second BMS protest in a month; anganwadi workers and helpers, mid-day meal cooks, ASHA workers demand permanent jobs with government employee benefits

Updated - December 10, 2023 08:57 am IST

Published - December 09, 2023 09:43 pm IST - NEW DELHI

Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), the trade union arm of the Sangh Parivar. FIle

Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), the trade union arm of the Sangh Parivar. FIle | Photo Credit: ANI

The Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), the trade union arm of the Sangh Parivar, will hold its second protest rally against the BJP-led Union Government in a span of just one month.

On Monday, public health and early education workers who are affiliated with the BMS will march to Parliament demanding that the Centre should declare them as government employees and provide them with social security benefits. They are the frontline workers implementing Union government programmes such as the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) and the National Health Mission.

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On November 22, government and public sector employees had also protested under the BMS banner, demanding the restoration of the old pension scheme.

‘Not temporary work’

Anganwadi teachers and helpers, government school cooks, and Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) were among those who protested under the banner of several central trade unions. The BMS said it would support their demand for permanent jobs.

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“Be it an anganwadi teacher or a mid-day meal programme cook, their works are not temporary and even after 45 years, schemes of ICDS are in demand and people are looking for such jobs. Their salaries are less than ₹5,000 on an average and more than one crore people are working as scheme workers,” said BMS national secretary Pawan Kumar.

Mr. Kumar said that thousands of such scheme workers will reach the national capital to participate in the protest. BMS leaders will meet Union Ministers Smriti Irani, Dharmendra Pradhan, and Mansukh Mandaviya with the workers’ demand charter, he added.

Unions protest attack against Bihar workers

Ten central trade unions had recently written to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar protesting the police’s baton attack against anganwadi workers and helpers, who were agitating against the termination of about 15,000 of their colleagues. In the letter, they urged the Bihar Government not to follow in the Centre’s footsteps.

“The Joint Action Committee formed by all the unions have given several representations to the concerned department i.e. Women and Child Development and also to the State Government, regarding their genuine demands, but they have not even been called for discussion, though it was an electoral promise to double the remuneration of Anganwadi workers in Bihar. Please see that the dismissed Anganwadi workers are reinstated in their original posts,” the unions had said.

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