Not satisfied with the government’s assurances on their 12-point charter of demands that includes fixing a statutory minimum wage at Rs 15,000 a month and “equal pay for equal work” for contract workers, central trade unions on Wednesday remained firm on their proposed nationwide strike call for September 2.
A ministerial group headed by finance minister Arun Jaitley, which tried to persuade the union leaders in New Delhi on Wednesday from going ahead with the strike, would meet again on Thursday to make a last-ditch effort. But a section of the leaders said Thursday’s meeting would likely bear no fruit.
Apart from issues relating to minimum wage and contract workers, central trade unions including the RSS-affiliated Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh have demanded definitive action from the government on matters like price rise, employment generation, social security and others.
After the meeting, labour and employment minister Bandaru Dattareya said, “We are hopeful that a consensus opinion can come (in Thursday’s meeting) because our government is very positive towards workers’ demands.”
“There was no positive development. So, the situation remains the same,” said CITU general-secretary Tapan Sen.