All central trade unions (CTUs), including the RSS-affiliated Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), have taken an interim decision to observe March 10 as “All India Protest Day” to register their protest against the ‘anti-labour’ policies of the Centre and some states.
However, Brijesh Upadhyay, general secretary, BMS, said that a final decision on going ahead with the protest would be taken in a meeting scheduled on February 10 among the CTUs on the Centre’s plan of action to implement their 12-point charter of demands.
The charter of demands include urgent measures for containing price-rise through universalisation of public distribution system and banning speculative trade in commodity market, containing unemployment, strict enforcement of all basic labour laws without any exception, universal social security cover for all workers and minimum wages of not less than Rs 15,000 per month.
“CTUs reviewed the drastically deteriorating conditions of work and life of the working people and going ahead with labour law amendments, disinvestment of PSUs and allowing FDI in strategic sectors.
The government, it appears, does not want to wait for legislating these anti worker labour law amendments, it is taking away rights of workers by way of executive orders and directing state govts to carry out such pro-management amendments,” said a joint statement by the CTUs.
CTUs directed its constituents to prepare jointly for protest action on March 10. They also appealed to independent employees, workers, unions and federations to participate in the protest action against the offensive of the government against workers and common people, it added.