RSS affiliated Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh opts out of September 2 labour strike

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh affiliated Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) announced on Saturday to opt out of the proposed September 2 strike that was jointly called by eleven central trade unions, deciding to give more time to the BJP led government on issues pertaining to improvement in labour policies. The BMS, on Friday, was present during a meeting of all the 11 central trade unions and according to sources, they suggested that the strike be deferred. But it was opposed and the other unions – CITU, BMS, INTUC, AITUC, Hind Mazdoor Sabha, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, UTUC and LPF – and their affiliates will go ahead with the strike.

“The government has said that it will amend key laws and it needs time to do that. They have come forward with a positive assurance and we decided to opt out of the strike because of that. As for the other unions especially those affiliated to left parties, they want to continue in their confrontationist methods,” said Vrijesh Upadhyay against the government’s economic and labour policies.

The central trade unions had presented a 12-point charter of demands to the government that included rollback of amendments made to the labour laws and nullifying controversial amendments from the Land Bill, 2015. The unions are also opposing privatization in railways, insurance and defence while also demanding universal public distribution system and increasing minimum wages. The Prime Minister appointed an inter-ministerial committee comprising of Arun Jaitley, Bandaru Dattatreya, Dharmendra Pradhan, Piyush Goyal and Jitendra Singh.

The committee had three rounds of meetings with the trade unions but failed to break ground. AK Padmanabhan, president, Centre of Indian Trade Unions, told dna, “The government has given very vague assurances and we saw no reason to defer the strike.

Input with agencies