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TUs to seek PM's intervention to end violation of labour laws

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Aug 9 (UNI) The" rampant and ruthless" violation of labour laws and the" trampling" of the workers right of collective bargaining will dominate the proceedings of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's meeting with the central trade unions ( TUs) on August 19, workers representatives said today.

In a nine- point agenda sent to the PM in advance today, the TUs including the CITU and BMS, listed other important issues that include the police atrocities against the workers, the government employees Pension scheme and the Cost Price Index series.

"The TUs are generally annoyed with the Prime Minister on the plea that he has time for the representatives of the industry and commerce and met the tus leaders only in June-July 2004," CITU president M K Pandhe told UNI.

The agenda was finalised at the joint meeting of the TUs here late last night, Mr Pandhe said adding that they would impress upon the Prime Minister that his government has been continously violating the labour policy enunciated in the CMP. The UPA government has violated all the clauses of the CMP in this regard.

The leaders of the CITU,AITUC, HMS, BMS, UTUC and UTSL participated in the meeting. Only the Congress-affliated INTUC did not turn up." All the TUs are one and hold same opinion on all major basic issues," BMS General Secretary Udai Patvardhan said.

AITUC General Secretary Gurudas Dasgupta said he hoped that some concrete results would emerge from the much delayed meeting. " We wecome the move of the PM to invite the tus leaders for discussion of labour issues.'' AITUC Secretary D L Sachdev said the TUs have decided to raise the issue of violation of labour laws and the attack on tus rights by the managements and the state machinery.

"The police at the behest of the administration is putting all hurdles in formation of TUs in the industry and harass the workers for this," Mr Sachdev said.

They would also raise the issue of denial of social security schemes both in the government and the private sector. Besides the pension of the central government employees was being replaced by the contributory scheme without any defined benefits and the same was being sought to be curtailed and no action was being taken to extend social security to over 370 million unorganised workers and the ratification of core ILO conventions.

Mr Patvardhan deplored that both the NDA and the UPA governments were following the labour policies driven by the global powers." Our major concern is that the government is using the workforce as a mere commodity.'' Besides there were ominous signals that the government was out to help the employers with certain anti-labour policies like the' hire and fire, violation of labour laws and the contract system.' The government in the name of increasing exports in the textiles industry, want to introduce a 12 hours day among other anti worker moves.

The Sponsoring Committee of the TUs have already given a call for a nation wide Action Programme which include an All India general strike on December 14 to protest against the UPA government's economic and labour policies.


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