20-21 Feb Strike: Press Statement by Confederation


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About 8 lakhs Central Government employees took part in the 48 hour (two day) general strike yesterday and today organised by the Indian working class as per the call of the Joint platform of 11 Central Trade Unions of the country. Besides 5 lakh Defence Civilian employees are also reported to have participated in this historic action.
The Strike was total and cent per cent in Income tax and Postal departments. The participation ranged from 60 to 90% in other Government of India organisations except in the Central Secretariat. As per the report, the strike was total in Assam, Tripura, West Bengal, Orissa, Bihar Andhra Pradesh, Tamilnadu, Kerala, Chhattisgarh and 60 to 70% in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and partial in other States.

In Delhi, the Income tax and RMS offices of the Postal Department virtually remained closed. Not a single employee reported for duty in these offices. Many offices of the Civil Accounts and Post offices in Delhi also did not function on these two days.
Many establishments of Printing and Stationery, Indian Bureau of Mines, Geological Survey of India, Medical Depots, Customs, Ground Water Board, ISRO, Directorate of Marketing Inspection, Civil Accounts, Central Public Works Department remained closed throughout the country on both the days.
The National Secretariat of the Confederation places on record its sincere gratitude and appreciation of the efforts undertaken by the State/Branch level leaders to make this historic action of the Indian working class a resounding success by eliciting the total participation of the Central Government employees. The success of the two days strike action will no doubt embolden the employees and workers to chalk out intensified action programme including indefinite strike action to compel the Govt. to rescind the anti-people economic policies pursued since 1991.

K.K.N. Kutty
Secretary General.

Source: http://confederationhq.blogspot.in

10 reasons why workers are on a two-day strike

Major trade unions began a two-day strike on Wednesday to protest high inflation, fuel price increase and what they say are violations of labour laws. The strike called by 11 major trade unions severely impacted banking services and crippled public transport in cities. Trade unionists said 10 crore workers will be taking part in the strike. Industry body Assocham estimates the strike to cause a productivity loss of around Rs. 15,000-20,000 crore.
Below is the 10 points charter of demands of the Central Trade unions:

  1. Concrete measures to contain price rise. 
  2. Concrete measures for employment generation. 
  3. Strict enforcement of labour laws. 
  4. Universal social security cover for organized and unorganized workers and creation of National Social Security Fund. 
  5. Stoppage of disinvestment in central and state PSUs / undertakings. 
  6. No contractorisation of work of permanent / perennial nature and payment of wages and benefits to the contract workers at the same rate as available to the regular workers of the industry / establishment.
  7. Amendment of Minimum Wages Act to ensure universal coverage irrespective of the schedules and fixation of statutory minimum wage at not less than Rs. 10, 000 linked with cost price index.
  8. Remove all ceilings on payment and eligibility of bonus, provident fund; increase the quantum of gratuity. 
  9. Assured Pension for all. 
  10. Compulsory registration of trade unions within a period of 45 days and immediate ratification of the ILO Conventions Numbers 87 and 98.

Source: http://profit.ndtv.com/news/cheat-sheet/article-10-reasons-why-workers-are-on-a-two-day-strike-318224

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