Trade Unions Meet To Chart Plan Against SC Ruling

New Delhi, Sept 24: | Updated: Sep 25 2003, 05:30am hrs
Irked by the Supreme Courts judgement on employees right to strike, leaders and activists of central trade unions, excluding the RSS-affiliated Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, will converge here on Thursday to finalise an action plan including a days nation-wide token strike.

At a national convention, over 3,000 leaders and delegates of central and state government employee associations will reaffirm their resolve to safeguard the fundamental, moral and equitable right of the working class and restore trade union rights in Tamil Nadu.

The convention will finalise a phased agitation, which includes observing a national protest day, holding state-level conventions, seminars, public meetings and organising a nation-wide strike in consultation with independent trade unions and central and state govt employee federations.

Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers, secretary general, SK Vyas said the convention would adopt a declaration that the recent SC judgement holding that government employees have no constitutional, legal or moral right to strike, is not acceptable to the workers and that the government should initiate steps to negate the impact of the adverse judgement. u

The apex court made these observations while disposing an appeal made by affected employees against the Tamil Nadu governments mass dismissal of over 1,70,241 employees and mid-night arrests of over 2,000 of them.

The convention will pointedly discuss the various aspects of Article 309 of the Constitution and necessity of a specific enactment to regulate the service conditions of the civil servant in the country.