Shillong: The All India Trade Union
Congress (AITUC) has threatened to gherao Parliament after the
September 7 nation-wide general strike if the government
failed to relent on its demands, which included containing of
the spiraling prices and enforcement of basic labour laws.
"Food inflation has never been so high and on top of
that employees are not paid enough to buy even the essential
commodities," AITUC deputy general secretary H Mahadevan said
He said that federations and employees unions cutting
across party lines as well as those from banks, defence and
other industries had extended support to it.
Demanding abolition of the contract-basis employment,
Mahadevan said, "The Constitution guarantees equal pay for
equal work and that should be ensured. All employees should be
paid the minimum wage of the industry concerned.
"In some states foreign investments are coming on the
condition that the industry does not allow formation of
unions," he added.
The trade union has already called a nation-wide
strike on September 7 protesting the price rise and demanding
measures for employment protection, enforcement of basic
labour laws, creation of a national fund for unorganized
sector and revival of sick PSUs.