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Modi govt accepts trade unions’ major demands to avert pan-India September 2 strike

NEW DELHI: The Central Government has accepted most of the demands made by the central trade unions and bank employee unions, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley briefed the media about the development.

He said that the central government has accepted most of the demands made, and the government will be released for 2014-15. The government will release a revised bonus for two years for the government employees.

The government met on Tuesday to discuss the demands made by the central government trade unions. It was attended by Power Minister Piyush Goyal and Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya.

FM@arunjaitley holding press conference with @PiyushGoyal, @Dattatreya on charter of demands of Central Trade Unions pic.twitter.com/OAtph7Vqjo

— Ministry of Finance (@FinMinIndia) August 30, 2016
The government has revised the minimum age of Rs 350 per day for non-agricultural workers. Central government unions and bank unions had called for a one-day pan-India strike on September 2, demanding fulfilment of their demands. The unions had submitted a 12-demands charter to the government.

The unions had held a strike on September 2 last year too. Jaitley said that the government had met the unions last year and held meetings with them.

On Monday evening, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held an emergency meeting to discuss the demands put forth by the unions. The meet was attended by the aforementioned ministers viz. Jaitley, Goyal and Dattatreya. In the meeting, the government had said that it will reach a decision on the issue within 48 hours.

The central unions and the bank employee unions have been pushing for 12 major demands since September last year, including raising the minimum wage from Rs 9,000 to Rs 18,000 per month. A pay hike for bank employees is pending since November 2012.

The unions are also opposed to the recent easing of rules by the government, for foreign investment, particularly in sectors like pharmaceutical and defence.
With PTI

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