Mnp trade unions gear up for strike

Correspondent IMPHAL, Jan 5 | Publish Date: 1/5/2019 12:07:27 PM IST

Trade unions in Manipur are gearing up to make the proposed 48-hour-long nationwide general strike on January 8-9 a success in the state.

The trade unions were holding a series of public convention at various part of the state in the last few days to create awareness to the people, particularly to labour class people, employees of state and Central government sectors about the proposed two-day nationwide strike.

During the awareness conventions, the leaders of the trade unions claimed that the proposed strike will be a “historic event” while asserting that they would get the support of over 14 crore workers from across the country this time.

“In the two-day national bandh of 2013, around 13-14 crore workers took part. This year, with employees from state and Central governments, along with various other sectors, the number is going to be more than that,” general secretary of All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) Manipur unit, L Sotinkumar declared.

In one of the series of convention held on Friday at Moreh, Manipur’s town at the Indo-Myanmar border, Sotinkumar said that the general strike on January 8 and 9 will be a great success as different unions of the state including workers association and employees organization will manifest their unity against anti-labour and anti-people policies of the government during the general strike.

Several volunteers from more than hundred different parts of the state will come out on the street during the two-day proposed strike to impose it, he added.

He alleged that the monthly income of daily wage workers, contractual and casual state employees, Anganwadi workers, Asha facilitators, VDF, Home Guard, and street vendors were very low under BJP-led NDA government regime. The trade unions across the country were demanding framing of minimum wage of Rs 18,000 per month or Rs 600 per day for the daily wage workers, Anganwadi workers, Asha facilitators, VDF etc.

Permanent job for casual state employees was also much needed requirement at the present scenario.

Informing that Coordinating Body of Trade Unions Manipur was all set to fully support the two-days nationwide general strike on January 8-9, he said that the strike was against the anti-people, anti-worker, anti-national policies of the present regime.

He further expressed utter dismay that the government instead of working to give the demands of the Central and state employees, farmers, workers etc, has introduced employer friendly labour codes.

He said that a national convention of workers in a meeting held on September 28, 2018 in Mavlankar Hall, New Delhi had decided to go for the two-day nationwide general strike.

The strike will also register protest against the authoritarian government led by PM Narendra Modi. 

Sotinkumar continued that for the employees and workers of Manipur, implementation of 7th Pay Commission in Manipur, implementation of Defined Pension Scheme instead of New Pay Scheme, regularization of contractual and casual teachers, employees and workers etc, are some of the important demands as part of the nation-wide general strike.

The convention was also attended by convener Coordinating Body of Trade Union Manipur Kshetrimayum Santa, general secretary All Manipur ASHA Workers’ Union Manipur AkThoibi Devi among others.

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