Trade unions all over the country are organising a nationwide strike against the anti-people and anti-national policies of the government on 2nd September 2015. Workers’ organisations and trade unions throughout the realm are vigorously preparing to ensure its’ success.
Trade unions and workers’ organisations from the five sectors of Delhi – eastern, northern, southern, western and central – have been meeting often to make detailed preparations for the strike. They are organising public meetings and smaller street corner meetings in industrial and residential areas and distributing the joint statement published by the organisations for this occasion. Publicity to make the strike a success is being spread by the joint publicity vehicles in various areas and all the organisations are participating in this activity.
Trade unions are appealing to workers to unite to defeat the bourgeois anti-worker policies of the government. They are making workers aware of the “reforms” in the labour laws being made by the state and central governments for the benefit of the capitalists. They are clarifying to workers that these “reforms” constitute a very severe attack on the workers that would adversely affect their livelihoods and future.
Prior to this, on 17th August 2015, all the trade union organisations of Delhi organised a joint convention to help make the 2nd September action a success, at the Deendayal Research Foundation in Karol Bagh, Delhi. This convention was well – attended by trade union activists.
The Convention was presided over by Com M L Malkotia of CITU, Comrade Rajendra Singh of HMS, Mr Pawan Kumar of BMS, Com Ramraj of ATUC, Com Chourasia of the AIUTUC, Com Birju Nayak of Mazdoor Ekta Committee and Com Shatrujit of TUCC.
Addressing the Convention, the trade union leaders elucidated the 12 – point charter of demands. They stated that the government has launched an all-sided attack on the livelihood and rights of workers. This general strike is being organised to oppose the capitalists of the country and the policies of their government.
The speakers explained the intentions behind the proposed “reforms” in the labour laws sought to be made by the government. The said that the main objective of these “reforms” in labour laws was to increase the profits of the capitalists and negate the rights of the workers. They said that through the “reforms” in labour laws, the government wants to end the right of the workers to form unions of their own choice.
The usage of contract labour is being expanded. The policy of “hire & fire” is being promoted. The all-sided exploitation of workers is being augmented so that the profits of capitalists families Indian and foreign can be increased several times.
All the trade union leaders who addressed the convention urged the hundreds of activists present to make the 2nd September general strike a success. Among those who addressed the gathering were – Mr Rakesh Kumar of INTUC, Mr V N Rai of BMS, Com Amarjeet Kaur of ATUC, Com Harbahajan Singh of the HMS, Com Padmanabhan of CITU, Com Ramendra of TUCC, Com R S Dagar of UTUC, Com R K Sharma of AIUTUC, Mr Jawahar Singh of LPF and Com Prakash Rao of Mazdoor Ekta Committee. Com M L Malkotia concluded the proceedings.