Trade unions have asked the Centre to provide 200 days’ work in a year at enhanced wages under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). A nationwide strike was observed on Thursday by 10 central trade unions to protest new labour policies introduced by the Centre.
Around 25 crore workers participated in the countrywide strike. Among 10 central unions include Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), 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) and Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA).
Others are All India Central Council of Trade Unions (AICCTU), Labour Progressive Federation (LPF) and United Trade Union Congress (UTUC).
The RSS affiliated Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) did not participate in the strike. Banking operations were hit hard as the All India Bank Employees’ Association announced that it would join the trade unions’ one-day strike.
The All India Bank Employees’ Association accused the Modi government of pushing its agenda of privatisation in the name of ‘Aatmnirbhar Bharat’, and is resorting to large scale privatisation in core sector of the economy which includes banking.
The unions are demanding the withdrawal of ‘anti-farmer laws and anti-worker labour codes’. They are also demanding to stop privatisation of public sector, including the financial sector and corporatisation of government-run manufacturing and service entities like railways, ordinance factories, ports