CITU calls for all-India shutdown on second September

Srinagar: Centre of India Trade Unions (CITU) Wednesday appealed trade unions, employees’ platforms to join the countrywide general strike on second date of next month.

The state committee president of CITU, Mohamamd Yousuf Tarigami, while addressing a press conference appealed working class to join the strike o September 2 against policies of Central Government.

 He was accompanied by Ab. Gani Bhat, Ab. Rashid Najar CITU leaders, Jammela Sabri General Secretary Anganwari Workers/Helpers Union, Misra, President ASHA Workers Union, Nisar Ahmad, President Kashmir Handicraft Workers Union, Javid Pandit, President Centaur Hotel Union, Tariq Rasool, Vice-President Kashmir Casual Workers Union

“The dismal scenario of social security benefits to the workers, rampant violation of labour laws, non-implementation of minimum wages act, extensive contractualization of workforce and attacks on trade union rights have proved detrimental to the interests of the working class,” he said.

The CITU leader said that the working class is enduring minimum wages and overtime violations, hazardous working conditions, discrimination, and retaliation for speaking up or trying to organize. “They have little recourse because of their need for work, especially during the pressing times of inflation and price rise,” Tarigami said.

Tarigami, who is also a CPI (M) state leader, said the frequent amendments to labour laws have so far armed the employers further and this continuing process of fiddling with the rights of workers have deprived the working class who need coordinated efforts and a united resistance to safeguard their interests.

He said, “The policies of globalization pursued by the Modi Government are drastically affecting the workforce especially working in the unorganized sector across the country virtually reducing them to the status of bonded labour,” adding, “The number of complaints for not receiving even minimum wages galore owing to administrative inertia which is resistant to probe the deep rooted nexus between management and the officers at the helm.”

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