1. Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh strike: Meet with Arun Jaitley done, BMS waits for written response

Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh strike: Meet with Arun Jaitley done, BMS waits for written response

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.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: August 26, 2016 7:39 AM
bhartiya mazdoor sangh Last year, the BMS had pulled out of the strike at the last minute after written assurances from the government.

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.

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    jugal shukla
    Aug 29, 2016 at 3:27 am
    BMS is NOT more than flatterer ,unless they don't pressurize modi govt in the matter of pension parity to gramin bank at least one lac gramin bank staff have no faith at their bits, despite 5000msgs,via emails,interaction to pm/modijee/ twits ,modijee is not responding while the matter is pending with the govt for the last 5 yrs . .Jugal Shukla
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      Narayanan Namboodiri
      Aug 27, 2016 at 3:33 am
      Thanks. Fine
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        Narendra M
        Aug 26, 2016 at 3:46 am
        Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) is an ally of BJP. But in matters about which employees are very ertive, BMS cannot afford to take a position which is much different from position of other trade unions. Of course, it is another matter that all that almost all employees’ unions or ociations are using their numerical strength to pressurise the government to accept demands, which may or may not be reasonable.
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