Trade unions’ strike: Services badly hit on Day 1

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Jan 2019 11:28:31


Staff Reporter,

PUBLIC services were badly hit on the first day of two-day nationwide strike called by 10 Central Trade Unions and independent federations in the district on Tuesday. Thousands of employees of different Government departments actively participated in demonstrations to press their demand and charge anti-workers’ policies of the Central Government. Protest against New Pension Scheme was one of the common demands of all the employees’ unions, while representatives from different sectors raised demands pertaining to different sectors.

Employees and workers from different organised public and private sectors like multinational companies, Government sectors, scheme workers and unorganised sector workers were united to raise their demands. The nationwide strike will continue on January 9. They abstained from work in their respective departments and institutions and staged demonstrations at different places in the district.

Workers of different nationalised banks excluding SBI, insurance, BSNL, Central Government departments, medical and sales representatives and scheme workers including Anganwadi employees, ASHAs, mid-day meal workers and others joined the strike and participated in protest.

During the strike, representatives of Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) led the demonstration of employees and workers at Civic Centre Park under the leadership of senior trade union leaders including B Guha Thakurta, Additional General Secretary, All India Defence Employees Federation (AIDEF), R N Kuraria, Madhya Pradesh Kisan Sabha, State Vice-President, N Chakrawarty, Insurance Employees, National Vice-President, Jagdish Singh, BSNL, National Vice-President, Vidya Khangar, Anganwadi workers, Assistant, Ekta Union, State President, ASHA Usha’s Puja Kanogia, BSNL Contract Workers, State President, N L Patel, CITY, District Secretary, A K Nayak and several employees and workers from unorganised sector were present.

Representatives of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh Medical and Sales Representatives’ Union staged demonstration under leadership of Secretary Rajesh Ojha against one-sided amendment to Trade Union Act-1926 and cancelling 44 labour laws. Postal employees staged demonstration under the banner of Postal and RMS Joint Committee and put postal services on hold in the district. Postal employees staged demonstration led by S K Nema, J P Shivhare, Sumit Shukla, S K Prajapati, M K Jain, R C Banewar and declared for continuing their strike on January 9. West Central Railway Employees Union (WCREU), All India Defence Employees Federation (AIDEF) and defence employees’ unions and associations at Ordnance Factory Khamaria (OFK), Vehicle Factory Jabalpur (VFJ), Gun Carriage Factory (GCF), Grey Iron Foundry (GIF), 506 Army Base Workshop, Central Ordnance Depot (COD) and Military Engineering Service (MES) also supported the strike. Hind Mazdoor Sabha, General Secretary extended his gratitude towards massive support and solidarity extended to the strike by various sections including agricultural workers, tribal, youth, students, women etc and their organisations.