Jamshedpur, July 3: As part of nationwide protests against government labour policies, several trade unions staged demonstrations in front of the DC office on Friday. Led by Trade Union leaders like Rakeshwar Pandey, Raghunath Pandey, and Parbinder Singh union workers protested against the Government. The union workers called the Government’s policies as anti-worker and anti-people.
Apart from INTUC and CITU, the other eight are All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS), Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), All India United Trade Union Centre (AIUTUC), Trade Union Co-ordination Centre (TUCC), All India Central Council of Trade Unions (AICCTU), Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), Labour Progressive Federation (LPF) and United Trade Union Congress (UTUC) participated in the protest.
“ We have gathered here to raise our voices against injustice. We want the government to focus on labour laws and work for the greater good of daily wagers/ contract/ casual workers,” said Rakeshwar Pandey.
The unions asked the government to immediately hold the long overdue Indian Labour Conference to dwell upon the 12-point charter of demands, the labour and trade union rights, issues of job losses, wages, job security and the migrant workers’ issues.
“We cannot accept lying down the designs for imposition of slavery on workers through total nullification of all labour laws, nor can we remain onlooker to the government project of wholesale privatization of our public sector undertakings (PSUs) through multi-pronged routes,” said another trade union leader.
The jobless are more than 14 crore and if the daily wagers/ contract/ casual workers are added, the number swell up to more than 24 crores who are out of livelihood at present, they said.
The unions also alleged that the central government has most insensitively dealt with the problem of COVID-19 as a law and order issue instead of treating it as a medical emergency for the human being and society. “It has caused immense miseries to millions of workers, farmers and other vulnerable sections of the society. Whereas, the government stood only by corporates and big businesses,” they said.