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Thursday, August 27, 2015

CITU leader condemns ‘anti-labour’ govt. policies

The labour unions have called for a general strike throughout the country on September 2 opposing the “anti-labour, anti-poor, anti-farmer” policies of the Union and State governments.
Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, district president of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), Syed Mujeeb, alleged that the Union government is adopting anti-labour policies by making Provident Fund and ESI optional and investing 5-10 per cent of the PF amount of the labourers in the share market. The Union government has already taken a decision to invest Rs.6,000 crore of the labourers’ money in the share market and has started the process, he alleged.
He said instead of making ESI mandatory, the government is encouraging the labourers to take insurance policies from private companies only for the benefit of private companies and not the labourers.
He demanded that the Union government withdraw the land acquisition ordinance and implement the recommendations of the Swaminathan panel report to help the farmers so that they get scientific price for their agricultural produce.
District general secretary of AITUC (All India Trade Union Congress), Girish, said that all 11 labour unions are participating in the general strike including the employees of KSRTC, BSNL, banks, LIC and Postal department, anganwadi workers, and mid-day meal workers.
He said that their demands include controlling the price rise of essential commodities, generating employment, abolishing the contract system of employment, and an universal public distribution system.
Leaders of labour unions N.K. Subramanya, V. Chinnappa, S. Raghavendra, Kantharaju and others were present
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