Trade unions split on Sept 2 strike

The proposed all-India strike on September 2 has hit the unity of central trade unions. RSS-affiliated Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) proposed on Friday that the government should be given 6 months to fulfil the demands and indicated that it would not participate in the strike.

The INTUC and Left trade unions rejected the proposal and said they have asked the BMS to come along. AITUC leader Gurudas Dasgupta told Deccan Herald that it was unfortunate that BMS had walked out. “The government has not offered anything concrete. Proposals are ambiguous,” he said.

Sources said that BMS executive committee will be meeting on Saturday to take a final call on whether it should participate in the strike or not.

“We must give the government time to implement them because it would require new laws. We have appealed to central trade unions to defer the strike for 6 months and allow the government to enact the proposals,” BMS general-secretary Birjesh Upadhyay told reporters after the meeting of the Coordination Committee of Central Trade Unions which met this evening to take stock of preparation for the nationwide strike on September 2.

The meeting went on for three hours and discussed BMS’s proposal. BMS president B N Rai was also present. All the 11 central trade unions participated.

Chairman of the Coordination Committee and INTUC president Sanjiva Reddy told reporters that nothing concrete had emerged from the talks. “We will go on strike on September 2,” he said.

 “This is one day strike and a token one to press our 12-point charter of demands,” he said.

CITU president A K Padmanabhan and general secretary Tapan Sen said that we have appealed the BMS to continue with the decision of the strike. “They will discuss the issue tomorrow (Saturday). We hope they would join,” he said.

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