Ahead of the September 2 nation-wide general strike called by 10 central trade unions barring Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) on Friday alleged that the government was trying to create confusion and foil the strike.
It said that despite the announcement of the strike on March 30, the government did not bother to even call the agitating trade unions for discussions on their 12-point charter of demands which include a minimum wage for all workers.
“On the other hand, government started confiding on the same issues of the general strike with its non-striking ally (BMS), seeking to create an impression as if it is responding to the demands of the workers. This is nothing but a conspiracy to create confusion and
foil the forthcoming strike,” Centre of Indian Trade Unions general secretary Tapan Sen said.
Flaying the government’s labour reforms initiatives, CITU said these are designed to push overwhelming majority of workers out of the coverage of basic labour laws, legitimising contractorisation of regular work and promote work at payment of less than minimum wage.