SEVERAL TRADE unions and local trade organisations participated in a nationwide strike called by the Central Government Employees Coordination Committee on Thursday.
Indore Division Insurance Employees Association general secretary Subir Bharatiya said that insurance employees took active part in the strike. Members from all over the State assembled outside their zonal office near High Court, held a meeting and engaged in sloganeering on their 13-point demand.
Later the demonstrators went in the form of a rally to State Bank of Indore, Yeshwant Niwas Road, which was converted into the main agitation ground, and joined other demonstrating employee unions.
State units of All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA) in conjunction with insurance, railway, posts and telegraphs, BSNL, Income Tax Department, Central Excise, Public Sector Units (PSU) and industrial sector took effective part in the strike making the All-India event a success. The All-India Bank Officers Association held a rally at Rajwada, which was addressed by leaders from several associations including AITUC.
Central Government Employees Coordination Committee, Indore unit secretary C L Sarrawat said that national, zonal, regional and divisional members of the committee went on a strike in support of their 21 demands. He said that the demands include employment guarantee, reduction in prices, recruitment and ban on foreign investment amongst the major ones. G D Meena said that memorandum including all demands was handed over to concerned officials.
Madhya Pradesh Medical and Sales Representatives Union vice-president Sandeep Chaturvedi said that about 50,000 medical representatives participated in the strike from all over India. Union Indore unit president Shekhar Tiwari said that a meeting of the representatives was held at Dawa Bazaar at 2.00 pm on Thursday to discuss the 16 key demands, which were read out before all the members.
Indore City Trade Union Council also participated in the strike in support of its demands including those against inflation, voluntary retirement and privatisation. Council convener Vasant Shintre said that a common meet was conducted at State Bank of Indore, PY Road office, at 11.00 am. Employees from banks, insurance sector and telecom sector participated in the meet.
Madhya Pradesh Bank Employees Association remained on strike on the call of United Forum of Bank Unions. Association State president Mohan Krishna Shukla said that bank employees gathered at Punjab National Bank, Sitlamata Bazaar, at 11.00 am and later took out a rally through Santha Bazaar, Bohra Bazaar and Sarafa. The rally culminated at State Bank of Indore, PY Road. Senior union leaders addressed the employees and workers on this occasion.
Indore Unit of All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) opposing government policies against welfare of workers, labourers and small farmers also participated in the strike. AITUC Indore district unit president Sohanlal Shinde said that all labour unions gathered at Gandhi Hall and then went to Rajwada for a common meeting. All issues related to financial and social security of labourers and farmers were highlighted at the meeting.
Thousands of mill workers from Indore Mill Mazdoor Sabha also participated to oppose the economic policies of Union Government. Labour Unions of Public Works Department, Dal and Oil Mills, Indore Development Authority, Small Industries, Transport sector and National Research Centre for Soybean (NRCS) participated in the rally and public meeting held at Rajwada.