Trade union strike called in Feb as PM will not talk to TUs

PTI | 07:12 PM,Dec 06,2011
Kolkata, Dec 6 (PTI) Trade unions have called a 24-hour nationwide strike on February 28 as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh did not hold any discussion with them on their demands, AITUC General Secretary Gurudas Dasgupta said today. “For two years we are agitating, but the Prime Minister has not called a single meeting to discuss our demands. We resorted to different other forms of agitation, but as these did not get any response from the government, we were forced to call the strike,” Dasgupta told a press conference here. “Since 2009 all the trade unions came together to safeguard the rights of workers, but not once the Prime Minister called us for discussion,” he said. “He will not talk to the trade unions which represent 40 crore workers in the country, but he will talk to Vijay Mallya,” Dasgupta claimed. “When Kingfisher is ailing, the Prime Minister calls a meeting of private airline operators to find a way out,” the veteran CPI MP alleged. Dasgupta also claimed that this was the first time that all the 12 recognised all-India trade unions, including BMS, INTUC, AITUC and CITU were taking part in a strike to press for common demands. Dasgupta said that the main demands for which the strike has been called on the day before the Union Budget were “no contractual agreement for work of permanent nature, amendment of Minimum Wages Act and assured pension for all.”

This article originally appeared in the IBN Live on December 06, 2011.

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