New Delhi: Trade unions have sought for an increase in minimum wages, regularizing contract labour amid agitation that the Centre made amendments to the laws without consulting the unions.
Over 15 crore people from 10 trade unions are expected to join a nationwide one-day strike that is underway since morning. The trade unions are opposing proposed labour law amendments by the Narendra Modi-led government, that they deem as pro-investors and anti-labour. Trade unions have sought for an increase in minimum wages, regularising contract labour amid agitation that the Centre made amendments to the laws without consulting the unions.
Among the ten trade unions going on the strike are Hind Mazdoor Sangh, Intuc, TUCC and Labour Progressive Front, Congress’s INTUC, and the Left-backed ones such as CITU and AITUC. But recently, ahead of the strike-day, RSS-sponsored BMS Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), one of the largest trade unions opted out, amid criticism that its decision was politically motivated. Even the civilian workforce of 41 defence ordnance factories, 52 DRDO labs, naval dockyards, military engineering services as well as defence workshops and depots, will be joining the strike.
While transport and banking services are largely expected to be affected today, railways is going to stay out of the strike.