NEW DELHI: To register their protest against climbing prices of food and essentials articles, disinvestment of Public Sector Undertakings and “violation of labour laws”, eight major trade unions, including Congress-affiliated Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), have called for a nationwide shutdown on September 7.
All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS), All India United Trade Union Centre (AIUTUC), Trade Union Coordination Centre (TUCC), All India Central Council of Trade Unions (AICCTU), United Trade Union Congress (UTUC) and federations of different categories of workers and employees will participate in the general strike.
According to INTUC president Mr G Sanjeev Reddy, “Protest against violation of labour laws, disinvestment in profit-making public sector, retrenchment, layoff and job losses are among other issues against which the shutdown will be observed.”
“Close to six crore workers from coal, power, banks, insurance, telecommunication, insurance, port and dock, road transport, petroleum, defence and construction sectors will join the strike,” said an INTUC statement on Saturday.
“Our demands also include unorganised sector welfare and regularisation of contractual workers,” he said.
Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) has not officially joined the strike call.
He also claimed that Railway workers are in support of the call but will not join the strike.
He said Central Trade Unions were left with no other option but to give the strike call as government did not take any step to bring prices down, particularly food inflation.
In Kolkata, Lok Sabha member and senior Left trade union leader Mr Gurudas Dasgupta on Wednesday had said the nationwide strike would cause a huge loss estimated to be Rs 6,000 crore in terms of production.