Central govt employees to get their pending 2 year bonus soon, says Arun Jaitley

By: | Updated: August 30, 2016 5:05 PM

The All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), the Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) and the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) have called for a strike across the country on September 2 in order to show their disagreement with the central government's "unilateral labour reforms and anti-worker policies."

Jaitley-LTo discuss the issue with the trade unions, the government had formed a five-member team of Union ministers including Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Power Minister Piyush Goyal, MoS Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan, Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya and MoS Home Jitendra Singh. (Source: Twitter)

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday held a press conference on a charter of demands proposed of Central Trade Unions. In a major breakthrough, Jaitley said that the central government employees will get their pending 2 years bonus soon. He also added that Centre has decided to write to all states regarding compliance of Contract workers law.

The All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), the Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) and the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) have called for a strike across the country or Bharat Bandh on September 2 in order to show their disagreement with the central government’s “unilateral labour reforms and anti-worker policies.” Workers associated with the Reserve Bank of India have also shown their support for the bandh. However, RSS affiliated Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh will not be a part of this strike.

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To discuss the issue with the trade unions, the government had formed a five-member team of Union ministers including Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Power Minister Piyush Goyal, MoS Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan, Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya and MoS Home Jitendra Singh.

“Centre has decided to write to all states regarding compliance of Contract workers law,” said the Finance Minister at the press conference. He also added that the government has not been able to adhere to all the 12 demands raised by unions.

Meanwhile, BMS continued to assure its fellow unions that the incumbent government will meet their demands and that we should put the idea of a Bharat Bandh on hold.

Talking to FE earlier in the day, BMS general secretary Virjesh Upadhyay said the trade union would take part in the strike if the government gives orders and not just written assurances on majority of their 12-point charter of demands that includes a minimum wage of Rs 15,000 per month.

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