From our Special Correspondent
Silchar, August 19: The joint platform of trade union bodies irrespective of their political affiliations have called for general strike across Barak Valley as a part of the all India agitation. According to Rafique Ahmed of All India United Trade Union Centre (AIUTUC), the general strike is in their support of 13 point charter of demands. Taking a dig at the Union Government, he said since its coming to power, it has been taking one after another steps which are anti labour and anti people.
Continuing Rafique Ahmed said that on the strength of majority in the Parliament, NDA has taken to forceful ectment of anti people bills through ordince. There is no check on ever rising price rise. In addition, the passage is being created for enhancing 14% taxes on services. During its 15 months of rule, public opinion has been totally undermined. The extra constitutiol methods have been adopted to take arbitrary decisions. Rafique Ahmed cited the examples of disinvestment in banking sector, life insurance business, coal industry, telecom and other tiolized establishments. Besides, through the amendments in relevant Acts, attempts are being made to curb the rights of working class people and to make 12 hour work daily compulsory. Despite growing unemployment, recruitment process has been brought to a standstill and permanent posts are being dissolved.
The priority instead of the government is to lay emphasis on employment of contractual workers, depriving them of their minimum wages. The workers of ASHA, mid day meal and other schemes and projects are yet to get their services regularized. Curtailment of fincial allotments against people oriented schemes and to continue the policy of privatization of industries and other units have been continuing. FDI in drug industries, defence, small industries and railways as well as the ectment of Land Acquisition Bill against the interests of farmers are other glaring examples, the AIUTUC leader pointed out.
Supriyo Bhattacharjee, Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) leader who also addressed the press-meet, said apart from all these anti people policies, NDA Government has also been involved in scams which have created lot of resentment among all sections of people. He also hit out at the Union Government for its decision to reduce allocation of funds for MGNREGA which has seriously affected the job opportunities for unemployed. Kishore Bhattacharjee, INTUC, Subrata th, AIUTUC, Asim th, AICCTU, Mihit ndi, TUCC, Tarun ndi, TUCC (Cachar), and Bidyut Deb, EWTCC, as well as Somesh Biswas, BMS, who were also present in the briefing to the media-persons said 11 central trade union bodies and other federations held a joint convention in Delhi on May 26 for all India general strike and called upon people to make it a success.
On May 30, thousands of workers courted arrest while on tionwide protest and agitation. As there was no response from the Union Government, all India general strike has been called on September 2 and for which campaign is being carried on across the rural and urban areas of Barak Valley to mobilize mass support. All the leaders committed themselves to continue the movement and create pressure on the rendra Modi Government to change its anti people and anti labour policies.