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Bharat bandh 2020: 25 crore people who are likely to take part in national strike on January 8, news – India unions say


NEW DELHI: Ten central unions said Monday that about 25 crore people will take part in a national strike on January 8 to protest against the government’s “anti-people” policies.

The trade unions INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, LPF, UTUC, together with several independent sectoral federations and associations, adopted a declaration last September to initiate a national strike on 8 January 2020.

“We expect the participation of no less than 25 crore of workers in the next National General Strike on 8 January 2020, to be followed by many more actions aimed at reversing the anti-worker, anti-people and anti-national policies of the Government.

“The Ministry of Labour has failed to secure any of the demands of the workers who convened a meeting on 2 January 2020. The government’s attitude is that of contempt for work as we interpret it from its policies and actions,” the 10 central unions (TUCs) said in a joint statement.

Around 60 student organizations and the elected office of some universities have also decided to join the strike with an agenda to raise the word against increasing the rate structure and marketing of education, he said.

Unions condemned UNJ violence and similar incidents on other university campuses and expressed solidarity with students and teachers across India.

Trade unions also expressed displeasure at the non-holding of any Indian Labour Conference since July 2015, the codification of labour laws and the privatization of UUs.

“Up to 12 airports are already sold out by private hands, the sale of 100 percent of Air India is already decided, the decision to sell BPCL taken, the announced BSNL-MTNL merger and 93,600 telecom workers already driven out of jobs under the VRS (voluntary retirement scheme),” he added.

Trade unions are also against the privatization of railways, the corporation of 49 defense production units and the forced merger of banks.

The joint platform of more than 175 farmers’ and agricultural workers’ unions will extend its support to workers’ demands and will observe January 8 as Gramin Bharat Bandh along with their demand letter, they added.

Times of India