New Delhi: Central trade unions including
Congress-backed INTUC on Wednesday decided to stage a country-wide
agitation on November 8 including a `jail bharo` stir to press
for implementation of their charter of demands including
compulsory registration of trade unions.
A decision to this effect was taken at the national
convention of workers, where the unions also decided to
hold dharnas in all state capitals against the alleged apathy
of the government which, they claimed, has "turned a deaf ear
to their demands for long".
"If Anna Hazare`s fast can compel the government to act
against corruption, the trade unions can fight vigorously to
change the policy of the government," said senior trade union
leader and MP Gurudas Dasgupta.
National secretary of United Trade Union Congress Abani
Roy said the fight for securing the rights for the workers
should be carried out on a "sustained" basis and "unitedly" so
as to build pressure on the government to act.
Major trade unions like Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, Indian
National Trade Union Congress, All India Trade Union Congress,
Hind Mazdoor Sabha, Centre of Indian Trade Unions, All India
United Trade Union Centre participated in the convention.
The convention in its declaration demanded no
contractorisation of work of permanent or perennial nature and
giving parity to contract workers in payment of wages.
The resolution demanded an amendment in the minimum wages
act to ensure universal coverage at no less than Rs 10,000 per
month and removal of all ceiling on payment of eligibility of
bonus and provident fund and increase in quantum of gratuity.
It also demanded assured pension for all and compulsory
registration of trade unions within a period of 45 days and
immediate ratification of the ILO convention.
Several trade union leaders also expressed serious
concern over "rampant corruption" and generation of huge black
money in the economy demanding legislative and administrative
measures and a "change in economic policy regime".