Trade unions firm on September 2 strike

Union government to look into demands again today

Trade unions firm on September 2 strike

The government on Wednesday reached out to central trade unions to dissuade them from going on a nationwide strike on September 2.

However, talks between inter-ministerial committee headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and the trade unions could not make any headway, and  the trade unions refused to withdraw the call of strike.

However, the government has decided to continue the dialogue and has invited trade unions on Thursday.

“The meeting of the central trade unions with the Group of Ministers headed by Arun Jaitley held on Tuesday ended without any outcome. Therefore, the strike of September 2 stands,” said CITU Secretary AR Sindhu in a statement issued on  Wednesday evening.

After the meeting, CITU President AK Padmanabhan and AITUC secretary DL Sachdeva  told reporters that the government could not offer anything concrete.

“We have discussed some points of the charter of demands and will meet tomorrow (Thursday) to discuss other points,” President of Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh BN Rai told Deccan Herald.  He, however, indicated that nothing could be achieved.

Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya said:  “There are 7-8 demands which are agreeable and the discussion is an ongoing process and the government is positive about the demands”.

The 12-point charter of demands is being backed by 11 trade unions including CITU, BMS, INTUC, AITUC, HMS, AITUC, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, UTUC, and LPF. The demands include minimum wage of Rs. 15,000 per month, wage and benefits for contract worker at par with regular workers, social security cover to all, pension for all and stopping FDI in Railways , Insurance and Defence.

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