EMPLOYEES OF almost all sectors would participate in the nationwide strike on December 14. The call of the strike has been given by various trade unions to protest the anti-employee and anti-common people policies of the Union and State Governments.
In a joint press conference organised here on Tuesday, office-bearers of the All-India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), Centre for Indian Trade Unions (CITU), Bank Employees’ Association, Insurance Employees’ Association, State class III and IV Employee Associations and the Central Government Employees Association said the strike in the State would be total as all employee organisations are either directly involved in it or are supporting it.
While addressing the press conference, office-bearers of various organisations said the nationwide strike is another warning to the government that the employees are ready to fight till the last.
CITU State unit president Pramod Pradhan said the Union Government has already been forced to go back on some of its decisions owing to pressure.
The office-bearers said despite having differences in political opinions the State is towing the Union Government’s line by undertaking privatisation of power and road transport sectors.
The demands of daily wagers and shikshakarmis have not yet been fulfilled and the employees are bearing the brunt of the hire and fire policy.
Farmers and tribals are facing several problems and communalism has increased. All these aspects would also be discussed during the strike, they added.
The demands of employees include arresting price escalation, strengthening of public distribution system, laws for agriculture and unorganised labour, implementing land reforms, launching Urban Employment Guarantee Scheme, restarting recruitments, stopping retrenchment of labourers, outsourcing and contract systems, law for sexual harassment at workplace, strict implementation of minimum and equal wages, scrap proposals to privatise banks, insurance, telecom, airports and other public sector undertakings, review of the National Power Policy 2005 and so on.
Employees of various sectors would stage demonstrations in the State capital to mark the nationwide strike. Those present at press conference included Rupsingh Chouhan of AITUC, V K Sharma of bank employees association, S K Ghosh of insurance employees association, L N Kailashia and Yashwant Purohit.