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Trade Unions call for all-India strike on Sep 7

By Samyuktha

New Delhi, Jul 15: Anger against government over price rise is set to hit the common man yet again as the trade unions affiliated with major political parties of India have called for a nationwide strike on Sep 7.

Trade unions affiliated with the ruling Congress too have joined the protest against soaring prices as well as the decision to privatise profit making public sector undertakings (PSUs).

"It will be like a nationwide shutdown Sept 7. The workers in the country are anguished over certain policies of the central government," said R Chandrasekharan, national secretary of the trade union arm of the Congress party, Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC).

All the major trade unions, including the Bharatiya Mazdoor Singh (BMS), Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) and the Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS) decided on holding the strike at a coordination committee meeting chaired by INTUC national president G Sanjeeva Reddy, Mr Chandrasekharan informed.

"Our major demands include proper implementation of labour laws, immediately stop the privatisation of profit making PSUs, provide enough money for unorganised workers' social security fund and provide jobs for the people who lost employment during the global economic meltdown," Chandrasekharan said, adding that this is the first time in the Indian history that INTUC had joined the trade unions affiliated to other political parties in calling for an all-India strike.

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