RSS-affiliated Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), the country’s largest trade union, on Thursday said it would decide on withdrawing from the September 2 strike only if the government’s written assurance on their 12-point charter of demands satisfies them.
“Our meeting with the group of ministers headed by finance minister Arun Jaitley last evening (Wednesday) was very progressive. However, we are awaiting their communication on our charter of demands which is likely to come in a day or two. We will ponder over it and decide whether to withdraw from the strike,” BMS general secretary Virjesh Upadhyay told FE.
Unlike 10 other central trade unions (CTUs) which have declared a day-long nationwide strike on September 2 protesting against the government’s alleged anti-labour policies, the BMS is yet to give their strike call — it has only resolved to declare a one-day strike on the same day.
The resolution was adopted at its three-day Kendriya Karya Samiti (KKS) meeting in Bhopal earlier
this month where the BMS strongly condemned the government’s ‘callous and neglecting attitude’ on labour issues.
Meanwhile, during a meeting on August 16, Jaitley discussed with the BMS its 12-point charter of demands that included a minimum wage of R15,000 per month and stoppage of contractorisation in permanent perennial work. KKS authorised the BMS president and general secretary to declare the strike call, taking the outcome of the meet with the group of ministers into consideration.
As the meeting remained inconclusive, the BMS were called for another round of discussions on Wednesday. Sources said the BMS representatives insisted that they be given written assurance. Other trade union sources, however, said Wednesday’s meeting was also inconclusive.
Last year, the BMS had pulled out of the strike at the last minute after written assurances from the government.