Trade unions strike evokes good response

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Jan 2019 11:15:12


Staff Reporter,


Bharat Bandh today

Scores of members from trade unions, farmer association, Insurance, bank, postal and Government employee unions supported nation-wide strike called by central trade unions on January 8 and 9 against the alleged suppressive policies for workers adopted by the Central Government. The demonstrations were held at various part of the State Capital demanding implementation of their various demands. On January 9 left labour unions have called for ‘Bharat Bandh’ as mark of protest.

Chhattisgarh Joint Farmers Forum convener Rajkumar Gupta alleged that the move is against the NDA Government’s failure to address rural distress issues, to save rural farmers’ lands from the corporate. CPI State General Secretary Rajesh Parate, while addressing public meeting at Amapara, said that farmers are protesting against the NDA anti-farmer policies. Various famer organisations staged massive march upto Budhapara demanding fulfilment of election manifesto promises.

Meanwhile CITU members addressing public meeting at Budhapara said that the public sector employees, unorganised sector workers, bank and insurance employees are protesting against growing economic crisis, price rise and acute unemployment. The members said that the proposed Trade Union (Amendment) Bill 2018 as cleared by the Central Government is designed to impose conditions of slavery on the working class and to abrogate trade union rights.

Following the strike work came to stand still in insurance company offices in the state capital. Centeral Zone Insurance Employees Association General secretary Dharamraj Mahapatra alleged Union Government policy of ‘Make in India’ is critical and opposed that government has been killing the work culture of the country’s public sectors by favouring major contracts of manufacturing works to private players.

Meanwhile staging vociferous protest and shouting slogans at Dena Bank (Pandri branch premises) against the NDA government anti-bank policy, members of All India Bank Employees Association, Chhattisgarh Bank Employee Association led by Sushant Mukherjee, Suresh Bani, Chandraprakash Vyas D K Sarkar, Ajay Bahgat and Shrish Nulgundwar staged demonstration.  Likewise, demanding implementation of promises made in election manifesto for the farmers, members of Chhattisgarh Kissan Sabha along with panchayat members staged protest demanding implementation Swaminathan Commission C-2 Formula .

Besides this they also press demand for minimum payment of Rs18, 000 per month for the labourers working in organised sectors.