Hyderabad, Oct 1 : The National Open Mass Convention of Workers organized by the ten Central Trade Unions- INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, LPF, UTUC, independent federations and associations of various sectors including some independent unions at New Delhi on Monday has called for a nation-wide General strike on January 8, 2020 against the anti-workers-people and anti-national policies of the Modi-2 Government at the Centre.
The adverse effects are already being felt by the workers in unorganised as well as organised sectors in the form of large scale retrenchment and closures, Telangana Medical and Sale Representatives’ Union (TMSRU), affiliated to FMRAI and CITU, General Secretary Raju Bhat said in a release here on Tuesday.
In the name of the recession, the Central Government is taking steps such as reducing corporate taxes, and giving them a big bonanza to the tune of Rs.1.45 lakh crore from the National Exchequer while not a single penny is spent to ensure job security or employment allowance to the workers.
While the Central Trade Unions are demanding a national minimum wage of Rs 21,000 per month, pension to all, scrapping of NPS and restoration of the old pension scheme, control on price rise of essential commodities, for universal public distribution system, demanding generation of new jobs and filling up of sanctioned posts besides regularisation of Scheme Workers in Government posts, of contract workers working against regular posts.
Mr Raju said the Central Government now has started reducing the contributions that the employers have to pay under the Provident Fund Act and the Employees State Insurance Act, justifying the move saying, this will increase the take-home pay of the workers.
An extensive campaign throughout the country will be carried out in the meantime, holding joint sectoral conventions, state-level conventions, going right down to factories and bastis to make the strike a grand success.(UNI)