Left parties would observe a 'no work no-pay' day in Parliament on Thursday to support the all-India industrial strike call given by trade unions.
Members of Parliament from the four Left parties have decided not to sign the attendance register on Thursday, and will not take the daily allowance.
The Left had invited political parties, including a few UPA allies, on Wednesday to forge a joint floor strategy. Beside the four Left parties, the RJD, SP, TDP, DMK, PMK, BSP and LJP were expected attend the meeting.
The only party to turn up for the meeting this morning, however, was SP. Basudeb Acharia, CPIM’s Lok Sabha leader, said that non-Congress and non-BJP parties have assured them of their supporting the strike, even though they would take part in the proceedings of Parliament on Thursday.
Acharia said while the Left parties expect the strike would be a success, their cadres would not prevent anybody from working, alluding to West Bengal CM Buddhadeb Bhattacharya’s comment that the state government would use hire vehicles to ferry IT workers to their offices on Thursday.
CPI’s Gurudas Das Gupta said 16-point memorandum would be submitted to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. "The memorandum would include demands for the roll back of anti-worker economic policies of the government and a cover for the workers in the unorganised sector," Das Gupta said.
He added that Left would issue a suspension of question hour notice to ensure a discussion on the issues on which the strike call has been given.
On the disinvestment of public sector undertakings, Acharia said though the disinvestment process has been put on hold, the government has not said categorically on the profit making pubic sector units. The Left parties wanted that the government should stick to the Common Minimum Programme on the disinvestment issues.