Trade unions call general strike on September 7

Nine major trade unions of the country, which include INTUC, CITU, AITUC, HMS, AIUTUC, TUCC, AICCTU, UTUC and LPF, gathered on Thursday to declare the agitation.

Though BJP-backed BMS did not participate in the national convention of labours convened to declare the agitation, AITUC general secretary Gurudas Gupta hoped that the BMS would also participate.

The general strike on September 7 has been called as a follow up of the anti-price rise Bharat Bundh call on July 5, with some specific demands of Indian labours.

Demands

These demands include punitive actions against the labour law violations, halt on disinvestment in public sector and stopping retrenchment.

The trade unions’ demands also include universalisation of Public Distribution System, a key demand of the left sponsored anti-price rise stir.

INTUC president G Sanjeeva Reddy accused the government of not properly implementing the labour laws. “The result is extra working hours and contract labour,” he said.
The participating trade unions include some CPIML (liberation) and SUCI-backed trade unions.

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