Trade union strike has little impact in Meghalaya

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Shillong, Aug 20 (UNI) Life was normal in the state capital of Meghalaya, even as most of the central government establishments wore a deserted look following nationwide strike called by Left-backed trade Unions.

Supporting the six chattered demands adopted in the National Trade Union Convention, the Meghalaya Joint Council of Trade Unions and Associations (MJCTU&A) took out a protest rally demanding immediate settlement of their charter of demands.

The trade unions also criticised the Meghalaya government for its 'inaction' and delay in reviewing the minimum wages of daily rated casual and muster roll workers of the state.

'' The rates of wage of daily rated workers in the state are the lowest in the country,'' MJCTU &A General Secretary J L Das said.

The Associations urged Chief Minister Dr Donkupar Roy to raise the minimum wage to Rs 200 and regularize them.

The MJCTU &A also demanded immediate reduction of sales tax on petrol, diesel and domestic LPG gas besides checking price rise of essential commodities by taking stern action on hoarders and black marketers.

The association also demanded for an improved power generation capacity in the state through democratic decision.

The six point demands of the trade unions included containment of price hike, no privatisation, disinvestment, implementation of labour laws, ensuring social security for contract workers, lifting of ban on recruitment and filling up all vacancies in government departments, modification of the VI central pay commission's report and expedition of wage negotiation in central PSUs and contract workers, revision of minimum wages of daily rated workers both central and state.


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