Ten central trade unions have called for a nationwide general strike on 8-9 January against what they call “anti-people” policies of the Centre. They have placed a charter of 12 demands before the central government.
“The public sector employees, unorganised sector workers, port and dock workers, bank and insurance employees are going to observe nationwide protest against growing economic crisis, price rise and acute unemployment on the call of central trade unions and mass organisations.”Tapan Sen, general secretary of CITU
CITU was critical of the Modi government’s policy of ‘Make in India’ and alleged that the government has been killing the work culture of the country’s public sectors by favouring major contracts of manufacturing works to private players.
Ten trade unions who have jointly called for the nationwide general strike are INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, AICCTU, UTUC, TUCC, LPF and SEWA.
The trade unions have support of almost all major independent federations of central employees, state employees and the employees of banks, insurance, telecom, and other service sectors representing the workers and employees of all the industries and services including transport services, both in organised and unorganised sectors.
Banking Services May Be Hit
Banking services are likely to be affected on 8-9 January as a section of PSU bank employees would go on a two-day strike in support of the nation-wide strike call given by 10 central trade unions against the government’s alleged anti-worker policy.
The All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA) and Bank Employees Federation of India has informed the Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) of the two-day nationwide strike on 8-9 January 2019, IDBI Bank said in a filing to the BSE.
In a stock exchange filing, Allahabad Bank said the issues and demands are of industry level and strike call is also given at industry level.
“Therefore, if the strike takes place, the functioning of branches of the bank may be affected. The bank is taking all the necessary steps in terms of the existing guidelines for smooth functioning of bank’s branches/offices on the day of strike(s), in the event the strike materialises,” it said.
“In the event of AlBEA and BEFI proceeding on strike on 8-9 January 2019, the functioning of bank’s branches/offices in some of the zones may be affected.”Bank of Baroda
Farmers To Join The Strike
Farmers across the country under the aegis of the Left peasant wings would join the two-day nationwide general strike on 8 and 9 January.
“AIKS and Bhumi Adhikar Andolan will observe ‘gramin hartal’, rail roko and road roko on 8 and 9 January, the day trade unions are observing nationwide general strike. This move is against the Modi government’s failure to address rural distress issues, to save rural farmers’ lands from the corporate.”Hannan Mollah, general secretary of the CPI(M)-affiliated All India Kisan Sabha
NFAEE, Affiliated Unions Will Also Go On Strike
National Federation of Atomic Energy Employees (NFAEE) and its affiliate unions have threatened to go on a two-day strike on 8 and 9 January against the government’s alleged anti-worker policy.
NFAEE, along with its affiliated unions, including Atomic Energy Workers’ And Staff Union, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, NFC Industrial Workers Union, JAC Kalpakkam affiliated AITUC and CITU, have called a nationwide strike demanding scrapping of new pension scheme and restoring the old one.
In a statement, NFAEE said the unions have also demanded increase in minimum pay and change in the fitment formula, removal of five percent ceiling on compassionate appointments and grant appointment, fill up vacant posts and stop disinvestment in Central/state public service vehicles and strategic sale, among others.
‘Varsity Spent Rs 13 Lakh to Host Gurus’: JNUSU Announces Two-Day Strike
The Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) has called for a two-day strike to protest against the varsity for allegedly spending nearly Rs 13 lakh to host spiritual gurus Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and Sadhguru.
The students’ body claimed that JNU’s vice-chancellor had denied registration to a visually-challenged student of the Centre for Japanese Studies, Munesh, who was failed due to lack of facilities as the varsity faced a paucity of funds.
However, the VC has spent nearly Rs 13 lakh to host babas like Sadhguru and Sri Sri, the JNUSU alleged in a statement.
It has called for a two-day strike on 8 and 9 January against “financial corruption” by the VC and his cronies.
“JNU VC spent nearly Rs 87,000 alone on flight tickets for Sri Sri for a programme hosted by the varsity administration. The administration spent Rs 2.3 lakh on Sri Sri’s programme and Rs 1.19 lakh for hosting Sadhguru in JNU under the budget head “Annual Day Celebration.”JNU Students Union
It added that JNU VC had administered an 80 percent fund cut to library, has not completely disbursed the merit-cum-means scholarships to BA-MA students till date and increased spending on security by 89 percent.
The JNUSU said it saw this “extravaganza” as part of a larger policy of the Modi government to destroy public education and universities through fund cuts, seats cuts, decimation of reservations and so on.
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