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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Trade unions reiterate call for nationwide strike on September 2

NEW DELHI: Central trade unions on Wednesday reiterated their call for a nationwide general strike on September 2 despite government trying enough to appease them by offering a substantial hike in minimum wages. 

"There is no meaning of the announcement made by government yesterday. Hence we would go on strike," Ashok Singh of INTUC said. 

According to Singh, all decisions taken by this government is pro capitalist and against the interest of the workers. "Reforms in labour laws is required but the unions are not being consulted most of the time," he said. 

"No government has ever stopped down so low as 80% of their statement are blatant lie," Tapan Sen general secretary of CITU said, adding that unions are fighting for the defence of the nation. 

All trade unions barring BMS had observed a similar strike on September 2 last year protesting against government's anti worker policies. 

BJP-led NDA government has raised the minimum wage of workers in the central government sphere by 42%, a significant revision since 2008 to Rs 350 per day for unskilled non-farm workers in the central sphere besides announcing the releases of bonus for central government employees for two years based on the revised norms and setting up a committee to examine the demand of giving social security benefits to scheme workers.
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