Workers reject Kharges appeal, to strike work today

Written by fe Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: Feb 28 2012, 09:19am hrs
Rejecting the labour and employment minister Mallikarjun Kharges appeal to withdraw the strike, over 11 central, 100 regional and 5,000 smaller employees unions across the country have decided to go on a strike on Tuesday.

The trade unions include Left labour arms CITU, AITUC, UTUC and AIUTUC, and Congress INTUC, besides BMS, HMS, TUCI and NLO. The unions are protesting against price hike, disinvestment of profit-making public sector utilities (PSUs) and violation of labour laws by various organisation.

The major impacted states would be Assam, Kerala, Haryana, Punjab, Tamil Nadu and Bihar. The government is running away from its responsibility to fix minimum wage rates in relation to the spiraling prices, and to provide social security cover, universally, BN Rai, general secretary, Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) said.

The labour minister on Friday as well as Monday appealed the unions not to strike in the interest of the country. Most of the issues relating to labour raised by the trade unions have already been addressed to a substantial extent. However, I do assure all the central trade unions that I am always open to discussions on any of the issues relating to labour at anytime and resolve the same amicable through consultations, Kharge said.