Ludhiana, August 20, 2015: Echoing sharp criticism of the Modi led NDA government at center for its anti labour policies, the convention of various Trade Unions of Ludhiana demanded immediate withdrawal of so called labour reforms which if implemented will lead to 70% of the work force, who are already covered by the labour laws, out of the purview of the labour laws. Modi government’s constant appeasement to the corporate sector has already marginalized the toiling masses. Nearly 30 % of the population is unable to afford two square meals and 85% of the population of our country is devoid of benefits of health care, quality education,water supply, housing and several other essential day to day needs. These demands were raised by several speakers at the convention held today in preparation for the participation in the nationwide strike on 2nd September at a call given by the central trade unions, at ShaheedkarnailsinghIsruBhawan in which several unions affiliated with BMS, CITU, AITUC, INTUC and CTU participated. In addition several other associations and independent unions also took part in the convention. The convention was presided over by Adv. O P Mehta (AITUC), Sh.NageshwarRai (BMS), Sh.Swarn Singh (INTUC), Com Jagdish Chand (CITU) and Com Paramjit Singh (CTU).
Com Nirmal Singh Dhaliwal – General Secretary AITUC Punjab and Com Vijay Mishra – President CITU Punjab while addressing the convention said that as a result of the pro corporate and pro foreign monopoly policies condition of the poor people has worsened. Unemployment has crossed the mark of 10 crores. Farmers are committing suicide. The FDI in retail will ruin small entrepreneurs and in turn the workers. These policies have to be stalled by strong public opinion and for this the workers must unite in strength and participate effectively in the nationwide strike called by the central trade unions on 2nd September 2015.
While addressing the convention Com Jatinderpal Singh, Com D P Maur, Sh.S.K.Tiwari, Sh.BhagirathPaliwal, Com Charan Singh Sarabha and Tehsildar Singhdemanded minimum wage to be fixed at Rs. 15000, regularization of all employees, equal pay for equao work, effective measures to stop violation of labour laws, stop the so called labour reforms which are in fact anti worker. The also demanded that the scheme workers like th ASHA workers, Anganwari workers, NRHM workers should be given regular employment. The new pension scheme should be withdrawn and old scheme should continue, disinvestment of PSUs should stop. Land acquisition bill should be withdrawn.
Others who addressed who include Sarabhjit Singh Sathali, Santosh Singh Vasisth, JialalGautam, Kewal Singh Banwet, Vijay Kumar Corporation, Manjit Singh Roadway, Samar Bahadur, Hanuman Prasad Dubey and Suresh Sood.
The convention called upon all the workers to unitedly participate in the strike on 2nd September.