Terming the UPA government "anti-poor", the All India Trade Union Congress on Sunday announced a massive rally to Parliament on November 23 to highlight failure of the government on labour issues front.
Signalling the increasing frustration of Left-affiliated trade unions with the Centre's economic policies, AITUC General Secretary Gurudas Das Gupta said, "We are making an end to statements. We are taking to the streets and our struggle with intensify."
More than one lakh workers from across the country are expected to participate in the march from Ramlila maidan to Parliament House and submit a memorandum to the Prime Minister.
"For the first time, more than 100 people from Kashmir will participate. Also, people from Manipur, Meghalaya and Assam, Workers of Oil, Bank and Aviation sectors will take part," Basu said.
Accusing the Centre of following a "perverted anti-poor and pro-rich policy", AITUC listed out the UPA government's "failures" including mounting unemployment, violation of labour laws and unprecedented price rise.
On the issue of rise in price of commodities, Basu said instead of taking action to stop hoarding, "the government has allowed forward trading in the commodity market, which was never allowed earlier."
He said if the march and a subsequent general strike on December 14 "fails to change policies, struggles will be intensified in multiple forms."
Reiterating what many Left leaders have said on unionisation of the IT industry, Basu said, "IT is not military... or CBI. It cannot be kept out of trade unions.”
He also opposed any move of the government to privatise the pension scheme and reduce PF rate. “We will not allow that to happen,” he said and added, “There can’t be any compromise on privatisation of pension”.