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Trade unions accuse government of siding with capitalists

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Solan, September 25, 2013
First Published: 19:31 IST(25/9/2013) | Last Updated: 19:32 IST(25/9/2013)

Lashing out at the union government over its failure in safeguarding the interests of labour class and checking inflation, the leaders of different trade unions, including All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) on Wednesday, urged the government to formulate a specific policy to eliminate the prevailing practice of contract labour system in the industrial sector.

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The party also demanded enhancement of daily wages from the present Rs. 130 to Rs. 350 per day and ensuring of at least 80% reservation to Himachali domiciles in private sector.

Addressing workers leaders, including president of state unit of AITUC Jagdish Bhardwaj and Shashi Pandit, criticised the union government and the state government for not implementing labour laws due to which the capitalists were exploiting the working class. Earlier, hundreds of workers of AITUC, CITU, Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh and Himachal Mazdoor Sangh took out a procession form Saproon to the old bus stand that was also attended by Shashi Pandit, Rajender Mohan, Anoop Parashar, ND Ranot, Satish Kumar and others. 

They said the labour laws were being flouted by certain industrialists leading to open exploitation of the labour class despite repeated pleas of the trade unions to link protection of legitimate rights of the working class with industrial incentives, establishment of National Social Security Cell, increasing of gratuity, bonus and scrapping of unwanted conditions in withdrawing the provident fund.

MAJOR DEMANDS

*Government should withdraw enhanced power tariff and reduce price of cement bag to Rs. 250 in state
*Minimum wages should be fixed at Rs. 10,000 per month
*Government should ensure checking of inflation
*Labour laws should be strictly implemented in the industrial sector
*All workers, such as water carriers in schools, mid-day meal and anganwadi workers among others should be covered under Minimum Wages Act
*Contract labour system should be abolished in private sectors.


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