AITUC threatens Parliament gherao after Sept 7 strike

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 here.

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.