Ten central trade unions have brought public life in India to a standstill. They've called a nationwide strike to protest the changes that have been made to the labour laws by the NDA government. This strike is shaping up to be the biggest in the country so far.
The strike was initially scheduled for July, after talks with Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya, but got postponed.
As many as 12 central trade unions have taken this call to go on strike, over a 12-point charter of demands. In addition to this, they've called for the withdrawal of the Land Acquisition amendment bill. The demands have been submitted to the Centre.
Here the demands made by the trade unions:
1. Urgent measures for containing price-rise through universalisation of public distribution system and banning speculative trade in commodity market.
2. Containing unemployment through concrete measures for employment generation.
3. Strict enforcement of all basic labour laws without any exception or exemption and stringent punitive measures for violation of labour laws.
4. Universal social security cover for all workers.
5. Minimum wages of not less than Rs 15,000/- per month with provisions of indexation.
6. Assured enhanced pension not less than Rs 3,000/- per month for the entire working population.
7. Stoppage of disinvestment in Central/State PSUs.
8. Stoppage of contractorisation in permanent perennial work and payment of same wage and benefits for contract workers as regular workers for same and similar work.
9. Removal of all ceilings on payment and eligibility of bonus, provident fund; increase the quantum of gratuity.
10. Compulsory registration of trade unions within a period of 45 days from the date of submitting application; and immediate ratification of ILO Conventions C 87 and C 98.
11. Stoppage of Pro Employer Labour Law Amendments.
12. Stoppage of FDI in Railways, Insurance and Defence.
Out of the 12 trade unions, the BJP-backed Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) and National Front of Indian Trade Unions have pulled out from the strike.