Unions to strike for better labour laws
For the first time in the history of the country’s trade union movement, all the Central Trade Unions (CTUs) are slated to hold a joint strike countrywide. The demands behind the proposed agitation, on February 28, are better labour laws and their more effective implementation. The decision comes on the heels of a united show by CTUs on November 8. That time, though, it was only a protest — against rising food prices. The proposed strike is, thus, expected to affect the normal functioning of major public sector banks and insurance companies besides both central and state government offices. Trade union leaders of public sector banks confirmed the move, but refused to make a statement before a the CTUs make a formal announcement. The February 28 stir is also likely to have an affect on the port traffic, as senior trade union leaders confirmed that talks were on to bring on board port and dock leaders across all major ports of the country. The leaders said the coming together of the unions was part of a joint strategy to put pressure on the government. It’s another matter that differences exist within the trade unions on various issues.
This includes the recent Cabinet Send out a Happy New Year message to all…… but don’t forget to mention that it is only an intent and not a promise….
We have a number of Bills, which will be amended during 2012. Of these, the National Employment Policy and the Mines Safety Bill are pending with the standing committee. Besides, we are amending the Shops and Establishment Act, Minimum Wages Act, Forest Right Acts etc. On many of these Bills, we are in consultation with other stakeholders such as representatives of the employees and the employers. A final decision will emerge only after a consensus is reached. Many Bills require consultation with other ministers as well, resulting in the delay. Mallikarjun Kharge, Labour Minister 2 JOURNAL SECTION LLR January, 2012 – 14
Decision to permit foreign direct investment in retail, which all left-backed trade unions have opposed even as the ruling Congress-backed INTUC has put its weight behind the government.
Posted on January 18, 2012, in News and views and tagged Central Trade Unions (CTUs), Establishment Act, Forest Rights Acts, minimum wages act, Safety Bill, the National Employment Policy, trade union movement. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.