Trade unions prepare for nationwide strike on September 2, 2016

Thursday, August 25, 2016
New Delhi

As many as 10 Central trade unions have decided to go ahead with their call for one-day strike on September 2 with no response from the government on their 12 point charter of demand with 10 crore workers to participate in the strike hitting the public life. The strike begins on the midnight on September 1 and end by 12 am on the following day.

In September last year, a majority of about 4 lakh coal workers across the country had gone on strike called by trade unions, which hit the production level in a big way. The strike call was given by major trade unions like Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) and Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) to pitch for their demands that included opposition to any further stake sale in Coal India.

All India Insurance Employees Association has decided to go ahead with the proposed nationwide strike on September 2, 2016. The Association has demanded for another pension option for employees that has been pending for years. The LIC and General Insurers’ Association of India had sent more than once their recommendations to consider offering employees another pension option. “The LIC and GIPSA have said that considering the number of employees (around 13,000) who did not opt for 1995 pension scheme, the cost involved is not very high and the institutions are capable of absorbing the additional cost. Why then is the government not accepting the recommendation of LIC and GIPSA?” it asked.

The All India Bank Officers’ Confederation has decided to participate in the strike. AIBOC’s General Secretary D Thomas Franco Rajendra Dev stressed the need to speed up the struggle against privatization policy of the government, labour reforms and unlimited Foreign Direct Investment in the financial sector. He said that Officer-Director vacancies have not been filled up in as many as 17 banks. He said that the vacancies on bank boards are also not being taken up and important decision of HR issues are being taken in the absence of our representatives on the Board.

The demands included are

  • Urgent measures for containing price rise through universalization of public distribution system and banning speculative trade in commodity market.
  • Containing unemployment through concrete measures for employment generation.
  • Strict enforcement of all basic labour laws without any exception or exemption and stringent punitive measures for violation of labour laws.
  • Universal social security cover for all workers.
  • Minimum wage of not less than 18000/- per month with provisions of indexation (for unskilled worker).
  • Assured enhanced pension not less than 3000 p.m for the entire working population (including unorganized sector workers).
  • Stoppage of disinvestment in Central/state public sector undertakings.
  • Stoppage of contractorisation in permanent/perennial work and payment of same wage and benefits for contract workers as that of regular workers for the same and similar work.
  • Removal of all ceilings on payment and eligibility of bonus, provident fund and increase in quantum of gratuity.
  • Compulsory registration of trade unions within a period of 45 days from the date of submitting application and immediate ratification of ILO conventions C-87 and C-98.
  • No FDI in Railways, Defence and other strategic sectors.
  • No unilateral amendment to labour laws.

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