Representatives of 11 unions from Fatehgarh Sahib district staged a protest against the Union and stage governments here outside district administrative complex on Friday.
A day-long nationwide strike call was given by central trade unions to oppose Union government’s ‘anti-labour’ policies.
Unions including Asha workers, Khet Majdur Sabha, MNREGA workers, Mandi Gobindgarh labour and steel workers’ unions shouted slogans against governments and alleged them of being ‘anti-workers’. They burned effigies and demanded minimum fixed wages and regularisations of posts.
Citing recommendations of different labour conferences, they demanded minimum wage to be set at Rs 18,000. They also demanded at least 2 crore job openings in different departments nationwide.
CONTRACTUAL WORKERS’ PROTEST
The contractual workers’ committee held a protest rally and demanded regularization of posts.
“We are working from last several years on contract basis. We demand regularization of posts,” said, Amrinder Singh, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) union member. Protesters also included representatives of Water Supply and Sanitation Contract Workers Union, Powercom and Transco Union, Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) etc. They threatened to stage a bigger protest in chief minister Parkash Singh Badal’s constituency Lambi on September 18.
BANKING STAFF OBSERVES DAY-LONG STRIKE
Bank staff under the banner of All India Bank Employees’ Association and All India Bank Officers Association (AIBEA) participated in full-day strike in Patiala. A massive rally was held in front of State Bank of Patiala’s head office.
Addressing the rally SK Gautam, General Secretary, AIBEA said over 8 lakh workmen and officers observed strike completely paralysing normal banking services all over the country. He said routine banking operations were not carried out on Friday.
He said they opposed the Central government’s attempts to push through their reforms agenda aimed at privatization, consolidation, and merger of banks, etc. He alleged that Reserve Bank of India has announced ‘on tap’ bank licensing policy to allow more and more private banks and licenses have been given to big corporate houses to start ‘small banks’ and ‘payment banks’.
Yadvinder Gupta, general secretary, SBOPEU said State Bank of Patiala was 99-year-old bank serving the banking needs of the region. He said the agitation would be further intensified. The protesters said about 30% of branches would be closed after the merger, which means 7,000 branches will be shut down.