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Trade unions call for general strike on September 7

discussing strategy: CPI MP Gurudas Dasgupta (right) with other trade union leader at a convention of athe Joint Committee of Trade Unions in Bangalore on Wednesday. — Photo: K. Gopinathan

discussing strategy: CPI MP Gurudas Dasgupta (right) with other trade union leader at a convention of athe Joint Committee of Trade Unions in Bangalore on Wednesday. — Photo: K. Gopinathan  

The stir is against the ‘anti-people policies of the Union Government'

Communist Party of India MP Gurudas Dasgupta has urged trade union activists to mobilise workers in the State for the general strike, which has been called for September 7 against the “anti-people policies of the Union Government.”

Addressing a workers' convention organised by the Joint Committee of Trade Unions (JCTU) here on Wednesday, Mr. Dasgupta said, “This strike is not about bonus or any wage-related demand, it is about fighting on behalf of the Indian people against the economic policies pursued by the Government.”

Unity among unions

Mr. Dasgupta said: “The unity among trade unions in the last few years is unprecedented since Independence.” He pointed out that all the major trade unions, representing every shade of political opinion, are on a common platform.

Referring to the “unbearable” increase in prices of essential commodities in the last few years, Mr. Dasgupta said, “The Government has shown its unwillingness to clamp down on black marketing, hoarding and speculation.”

Referring to the shortage of pulses and other essential commodities, he said, “The Green revolution has been replaced by the counter-revolution scarcity.”

Labour laws

Mr. Dasgupta said the Government remained silent about the violation of labour laws set by the International Labour Organisation, to which India is a party.

“Trade unions, even those affiliated to the Congress, are not able to register unions,” he said. “Provident Fund payments are denied and minimum wages, which are prescribed the government, are flouted rampantly,” he added.

Denial of rights

President of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions A.K. Padmanabhan, said: “The denial of trade union rights are incompatible with the claim that India is the largest democracy in the world.” He urged activists to mobilise workers in organised and unorganised sectors to ensure the success of the all-India strike.

Criticised

Mr. Padmanabhan said the Government's claim that it was privatising public undertakings to raise resources was unsustainable because it had “forgone taxes to the tune of Rs. 5.18 lakh crore, mainly to large corporate entities.”

He said workers in Defence establishments, telecom, banks, insurance, mines, and several other sectors would participate in the strike.

Representatives of the All India Trade Union Congress, Hind Mazdoor Sangh, Indian National Trade Union Congress, Trade Union Coordination Committee, All India Central council of Trade Unions, Centre of Indian Trade Unions and the All India United Trade union Centre participated in the convention.



  • ‘The Green revolution has been replaced by the counter-revolution scarcity'
  • ‘Government silent about the violation of labour norms'

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