ANDHRA PRADESH

`Restore right to strike'

UPA Government accused of deviating from common minimum programme

Staff Reporter

KADAPA: Members of Sponsoring Committee of Trade Unions, CITU and AITUC leaders on Thursday demanded that the UPA Government keep multi-national companies at bay from vital sectors and restore the workers' right to strike.

Led by CITU State Secretary G. Ramulu, and AITUC State Vice-President G. Obulesu, members of several employees unions took out a rally from the RTC bus stand to the BSNL office, as part of the general strike on Thursday. UPA Government was deviating from the Common Minimum Programme, dishonouring the people's mandate, they alleged at a public meeting here.

Employment Guarantee Programme was not in tune with the aspirations of the jobless and poorer sections, they alleged. The predominant demand of working classes for restoration of the right to strike was being ignored, they alleged.

UPA was favouring multi-national companies and the latter's involvement was evident during the Honda workers' strike in Haryana, they alleged.

The country lacked a comprehensive enactment to curb harassment of employees, they lamented.

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