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Bharat bandh January 2020: Unions ask for ‘Bharat Bandh’ on January 8: Things to know. India Business News

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NEW DELHI: Central unions said they will face a national general strike or ‘Bharat Bandh’ on January 8 “to protest against the government’s anti-labor policies.”

“The central trade unions conveyed their firm resolve after the meeting convened by the Minister of Trade Union (on Thursday). The general strike of 8 January 2020 continues,” said a joint statement issued by the 10 central unions.

He added that the minister did not address any of the issues that have been continually raised by central trade unions, including unemployment, minimum wage, social security and the 14-point letter of demands.

  1. Why unions protest
    “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. 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.
  2. How many unions take part in ‘Bharat Bandh’ on 8 January
    Up to 10 trade unions participate in ‘Bharat Bandh’ (general strike). and, these trade unions are INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, LPF, UTUC together with various independent federations and sectoral associations.
  3. What the CPI has to say about ‘Bharat Bandh’
    The IPC (Communist Party of India) called on the public to support India’s 8 January strike and the “Gramin Bharat Bandh” called by trade unions and farmers’ organizations, respectively, against economic policies. NDA government led by the BJP. The CPI’s secretary general, D Raja, said the strike and the bandit had been called to draw the attention of the people and government to the poor state of the economy and the agricultural crisis in the country.
  4. What the unions said about the violence of thugs on the jNU campus
    Unions condemned UNJ violence and similar incidents on other university campuses and expressed solidarity with students and teachers across India.

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