7th Pay Commission Issue – 15 Crore Workers will be on Strike – The unions said a bandh-like situation would prevail in 10 States and a “chakka jam” in others.
Protesting over the 7th pay commission recommendations ten central trade unions said here on Wednesday that over 15 crore workers in several States would take part in the strike called by them for Friday demanding higher minimum wages and provision of social security to unorganised workers.
The unorganised workers too demand the minimum wages to be atleast Rs.18000 as against what they get now.
Not lagging behind, Employees of PSUs have listed Rs. 18,000 minimum monthly salary as one of their demands for which they are all set to strike work on September 2. The unions said a bandh-like situation would prevail in 10 States and a “chakka jam” in others.
“The workers will also take out a protest from Kranti Chowk to register their demands seeking parity with the government staff who got benefits of 7th pay commission,” said Devidias Kirtishahi, general secretary of the Marathwada Labour Union that would lead the morcha.
“The central government is all out to support industrialists and capitalists by making changes in the labour laws to protect their interests. The laws that once protected the rights of the workers are being changed. If this allowed to be continued, the workers would have no voice and would have to live their lives like slaves,” he added.
“All government scheme workers will take to the streets. It will be bigger than last year’s strike and we expect over 15 crore workers to participate. It will be a befitting reply to the government,” Amarjeet Kaur, national secretary, All India Trade Union Congress, said at a press conference jointly organised by the 10 unions.
The Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh has opted out of the strike against 7th pay commission, but the striking unions said it would have no impact on the strike. “The strike will be complete in industrial sectors such as transport, finance, power, coal, textile, automobile, port and dock, steel, oil, defence production, scheme and education,” a joint statement said.
“BMS leaders may not be supporting us because of political compulsions, but their workers will still join the strike,” Tapan Sen, general secretary, Centre of Indian Trade Unions, said. He said the strike would not affect emergency services of hospitals and clinics. Banking transactions may be affected as bank unions have also issued strike notices.
Source: The Hindu