Bhubaneswar, Sep 25:
Acting on the call of the central trade unions (CTUs), state units of various trade unions held a huge rally and demonstration here on Wednesday to protest the appeal by the Group of Ministers (GoM) for more time to discuss and settle of 10-point charter of demands of all central trade unions in the country.
Holding party flags and banners, protestors of BMS, INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC and AICCTU marched in a rally and submitted a memorandum on their demands to the Governor SC Jamir.
Following the successful two-day strike organised by all central trade unions on February 20 and 21, 2013, the Prime Minister constituted a Group of Ministers (GoM) to discuss and settle the 10-point charter of demands jointly formulated by all the central trade unions in the country.
The first meeting between the central unions and the GoM was held on May 22, 2013 where the unions had demanded concrete response from the government on issues like minimum wage of not less than of Rs 10,000, universal social security cover for all workers, assured pension for the entire working population, parity in wage and benefits for similar work between contract and regular workers, strict implementation of Labour Laws, concrete measures to contain price rise and generate employment, a halt to disinvestment in central and State PSUs, removal of all ceilings on payment and eligibility of bonus, provident fund and compulsory registration of trade unions within a period of 45 days.
“Despite a categorical announcement by the Prime Minister at the 45th Indian Labour Conference that the demands were legitimate and that many of them were under an advanced stage of consideration, the GoM, instead of taking a concrete decision, sought more time to study our demands and thus the meeting ended without any concrete result,” rued one of the leaders.
The protestors urged the Prime Minister to ensure that the long pending demands are sorted out through dialogue between the Government and the trade unions.