General insurance employees stage demonstration
|Source: The Hitavada Date: 13 Apr 2017 09:44:58|
As per the directives of the Joint Forum of Trade Unions (JFTU) working in public sector general insurance (PSGI) companies, General Insurance Employees Union staged second phase of lunch hour demonstration on April 11. The employees are demanding for Final Option of Pension Scheme 1995 to the employees including NPS members and oppose the decision of listing of four PSGI companies and GIC RE in stock market.
At Nagpur, demonstration was staged before the Regional Office of United India Insurance Company Limited situated at Shankar Nagar Square. Pradeep Dharamthok, Working President of General Insurance Employees All India Associations (GIEAIA), in his address informed the agitating employees that a convention of JFTU was held at New Delhi on April 7, 2017. He also informed that Amarjeet Kaur, Secretary of All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) and Prof Arun Kurar, economist had addressed the convention about the policy of Government. During the convention, it was decided by trade unions related to general insurance industry that a joint struggle by the JFTU would be continued against the decision of Government for listing of public sector insurance companies and consequent threat of privatisation of general insurance industry.
Dharamthok condemned the Government on its anti-public sector policy and not taking decisions on the long pending issue of one option of pension. He appealed all the employees to unite and struggle. Anil Deogade of United India Insurance Officers Associations (UIICOA) criticised the Government policy for listing of PSGI companies and not giving another option for pension to all. He also demanded to scrap National Pension Scheme.
Rajendra Saroj, President of NICOA, Nagpur, Nilesh Kothari of OICOA also expressed their views. The meeting was conducted by Prakash Kanade of General Insurance Employees Union (Western Zone), Nagpur branch. Large number of PSGI employees from all the offices of the city and retired employees participated in the demonstration, informs the press release issued here.