Jamshedpur : CPI (M) national general secretary and Rajya Sabha member Sitaram Yechury who was in city today to attend birth centenary celebration of former CPM leader Harkishan Singh Surjeet said that September 2 industrial strike has taken the shape of general strike despite Sangh Parivar-affiliated Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) withdrawal.
“The BMS leadership had all along supported the September 2 strike but Sangh Parivar put pressure on it to withdraw from the strike.
However, the strike has taken the shape of a ‘jan andolan’ and would be a form of general strike with not only industrial unions but also farmers, retail associations and students union extending their support to the agitation,” said Yechury while speaking to media on the sidelines of the function at Michael John Auditorium in Bistupur.
The Sangh Parivar-affiliated Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) on Saturday decided not to take part in an industrial strike scheduled for Wednesday.
The BMS, which has favoured giving the government more time to fulfill its promises to trade unions, is India’s second-largest labour union, in terms of membership numbers. Other trade unions claimed BMS’s absence wouldn’t significantly impact the success of the strike.
The BMS has a robust cadre and strong presence in the transport, cement, jute and unorganised sectors. Its presence in key sectors such as ports and docks, public sector undertakings and steel, however, isn’t significant. The last instance of a trade union opting out of a strike was in 2011.
At that time, the BMS had refused to join a general strike, as other unions didn’t accommodate its concern on the schedule for the strike. At a meeting of 11 central trade unions on Friday, the BMS had suggested calling off the planned strike, following the government’s assurances, and offering a six-month implementation window. However, the 10 other trade unions decided to go ahead with the strike.
Attacking the Narendra Modi-led Union Government, the CPM leader said that the government decision to take back Land Acquisition ordinance was to woo farmers ahead of Bihar assembly elections.
He cautioned the people against three dangerous trends under the BJP led government – anti-poor economic policies, communalism, to violate Parliament system.
Speaking about Jharkhand, the CPM leader said that lack of clear domicile policy was blocking employment opportunities and creating a feeling of uncertainty amongst local populace.
On Bihar assembly polls, Yechury said that all leftist parties will fight the election on a common forum maintaining distance from both NDA and the JD-U led alliance.