BMS pulls out of proposed strike on September 2

By: | Published: August 30, 2015 8:31 AM

Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) has decided to opt out of the countrywide strike on September 2 proposed by 10 central trade unions to protest against the NDA government’s “anti-people” policies.

bms strikeThere are 13.49 crore registered members of trade unions, which are expecting around 40 crore organised and unorganised workers to join the proposed strike. (PTI)

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)-affiliated trade union Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) has decided to opt out of the countrywide strike on September 2 proposed by 10 central trade unions to protest against the NDA government’s “anti-people” policies.

“In talks on August 26 and 27, the government has agreed to some of the demands put forth by trade unions and has assured that it will continue with discussions on other issues…BMS has now decided to postpone the strike on September 2 and has asked its affiliates to withdraw the strike notice as well,” said Vrijesh Upadhyay, general secretary, BMS, after a meeting of the core committee of the trade union on Saturday.

The strike was originally called by 11 central trade unions including BMS. But on a meeting called on Friday, it had suggested calling off the planned strike following the government’s assurances and offering a six-month implementation window.

However, unconvinced with the discussions with the ministerial panel led by finance minister Arun Jaitley, the remaining 10 trade unions including Centre of Indian Trade Unions, Hind Mazdoor Sabha, Indian National Trade Union Congress and All India Trade Union Congress have decided to go ahead with the strike.

There are 13.49 crore registered members of trade unions, which are expecting around 40 crore organised and unorganised workers to join the proposed strike.

In two rounds of discussions last week, the ministerial panel had gone through the 12 point charter of trade unions and had accepted about seven of them. It had offered increasing the minimum wages and making it mandatory, among other steps.

The ministerial panel had also proposed to raise the ceiling of bonus, widening the coverage of the provident fund and health insurance to include workers from construction as well as schemes such as aanganwadis.

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