CITU threatens to gherao Parliament during winter session
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Last Updated: Tuesday, September 07, 2010, 21:48
Kolkata: CITU, one of the main sponsors of today's nation-wide industrial strike, has threatened to gherao Parliament during the winter session to protest rising prices and alleged violation of labour laws in PSUs as its next course of action.

"We are planning to gherao Parliament during the winter session to intensify our struggle if our demands are not conceded by the Centre," CITU state general secretary Kali Ghosh told reporters here.

The protest before the Parliament could be held on a single day or it could continue for days after commencement of the gherao, he said.

Asked whether Congress labour wing INTUC, which was part of the today's industrial strike, would join the protest before Parliament, he said the idea was mooted by that organisation itself.

INTUC was the signatory of the declaration of July 15 which stated that if the government did not concede the demands, the trade unions would intensify the struggle and prepare for a 'March to Parliament'.

"We are discussing with different state units of central trade unions on the programme," he said.

Claiming that today's strike was a 'massive success', Ghosh said as per reports from different parts of the country more than 10 crore workers representing all the sectors of the economy participated in it.

To a question, he ruled out the possibility of relaxing today's 24-hour strike in West Bengal saying, "We cannot do it unilaterally here. It is an all-India programme of the central trade unions."

The strike which was supported by the ruling Left Front in West Bengal disrupted normal life in the state.


First Published: Tuesday, September 07, 2010, 21:48

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