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Trade Unions hold sit-protest against govt’s “anti-labor” policy

Jamshedpur, March 10: Several trade unions in the city including All India Central Council of Trade Unions (AICCTU), Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS), Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) under the banner of Central Labour Organizations celebrated ‘Prativad Diwas’ in Jamshedpur along with the whole of India against the central government’s alleged anti-labor policy on Thursday.

Senior INTUC leaders Rakeshwar Pandey, Bhagwan Singh, Shahnawaz Alam, Bijay Khan, Ramashray Prasad, BK Dinda, Arvind Pandey along with Omprakash Singh of AICCTU, Vijaykant Lal Das of CITU, Dinesh Sharma of HMS, BN Singh of AITUC and several others held a sit-in protest before the DC office and later submitted a 11-point demand memorandum to DC addressed to the President of India.

On the occasion, Rakeshwar Pandey said, “We demand the central government roll back the amendments made in the labor laws, which are against the laborers and all the laborers should be brought in the scope of social security.

Rs 18000 as minimum monthly wage should be fixed for the laborers as against the Rs 255 per day currently.”
He added, “Outsourcing should finish and contract laborers should be provided wage equivalent to permanent employee. Sealing on bonus and PF should be removed and gratuity money should be increased.

Several government schemes including aanganbari, mid-day meal, Asha, and para teachers should get all the benefits and they should be provided government employee status.”

Bijay Khan of INTUC said, foreign investment in defense, insurance and railway should be stopped and registration for trade unions should be done within 45 days.

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