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CPI-M backs Trade Unions led 2 day long strike on January 8 to January 9
TIWN Dec 16, 2018
CPI-M backs Trade Unions led 2 day long strike on January 8 to January 9
PHOTO : Manik Sarkar with Sitaram Yechury, Prakash karat at 22nd State Conference. TIWN Pic Nov 25

AGARTALA, Dec 16 (TIWN): Central trade union (CITUs) have called for a two days nationwide general strike on January 8 and 9, 2019 in protest of what they call the pro- corporate, anti-national and anti-people policies of the BJP-led NDA government. Tripura CPI-M fully supporting the strike has called for a peaceful observation of the strike, whereas the ruling BJP in Tripura has already opposed the strike and likely to force vehicle movement. The protest is scheduled to have against privatization, corporate centric governance of the BJP Govt at Centre and State. “In order to serve the interests of the multinational companies with Indian corporate, the present government is pursuing blatantly anti-people, anti-workers and anti-national policies at the cost of severely damaging the national economy and destroying its indigenous productive and manufacturing capabilities. Such a regime must be defeated squarely to force the pro-people changes in policies on all fronts,” the CTUs said. A decision to this effect was taken at the national convention of workers on Friday where 10 central trade unions, barring the RSS-affiliate Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh, jointly adopted the resolution to hold joint conventions, rallies and protests across the country over the next three months which will be followed by a two-day general strike in January next year.

The 10 central trade unions included INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, LPF, UTUC, AIRF and NFIR. Representatives of all independent national federations of workers and employees, of industrial and service sectors, central and state government employees including railways, defence, health and education joined the convention. 

“Government has been continuing to arrogantly ignore the 12 point charter of demands on minimum wage, universal social security, workers’ status including pay and facilities for the scheme workers, besides going for privatization of public and government sector and mass scale hiring on contract,” the CTUs said in a joint statement issued after the convention. 

According to the statement, the CTUs are concerned over the scraping of 44 central labour laws and replacing them with what they call the “four employer-friendly labour codes” and introduction of fixed term employment through executive order. 

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