The Bharat Bandh on 2nd September 2015 is one of the most anticipated strikes called by trade unions. The Bandh was expected by many ever since the Central Government moved certain bills in parliament, which was perceived by these labour unions as anti-socialistic or capitalistic.
Close to 11 Central Trade Unions and 100 other Trade Unions are supporting this Bandh. The Central Trade Unions which are participating in the Bandh are CITU, INTUC, AITUC, Hind Mazdoor Sabha, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, UTUC and LPF. Additionally, All-India Bank Employees’ Association and coal unions would also participate in the Bandh.
The main demand of the supporters of the Bandh is to withdraw the amendments in the Labor laws. Additionally, these unions have presented a charter of 12 demands, which if not met, would lead to further struggle.
The 12 point charter of demands put by Trade Unions is mentioned below. Practically, these unions are demanding rollback of almost all neo-economic policies implemented by the present government.
Urgent measures for containing price-rise through universalisation of public distribution system and banning speculative trade in commodity market
Containing unemployment through concrete measures for employment generation
Strict enforcement of all basic labour laws without any exception or exemption and stringent punitive measures for violation of labour laws.
Universal social security cover for all workers
Minimum wages of not less than Rs 15,000/- per month with provisions of indexation
Assured enhanced pension not less than Rs.3,000/- p.m. for the entire working population
Stoppage of disinvestment in Central/State PSUs
Stoppage of contractorisation in permanent perennial work and payment of same wage and benefits for contract workers as regular workers for same and similar work
Removal of all ceilings on payment and eligibility of bonus, provident fund; increase the quantum of gratuity.
Compulsory registration of trade unions within a period of 45 days from the date of submitting application; and immediate ratification of ILO Conventions C 87 and C 98
Stoppage of Pro Employer Labour Law Amendments
Stoppage of FDI in Railways, Insurance and Defence
In addition to these the central trade unions are also demanding the withdrawal of the Land Acquisition amendment bill/ordinance.
This is the second such strike within a year. On 30th April, 2015 transporters across the country went on a one-day strike opposing the new laws in Transport Sector. It paralyzed the public transport of the entire country for that day.
This time again, the transporters are supporting the strike and would keep the day off today. The transport sector in Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Punjab will be completely closed.
List of Central Trade Unions supporting the Bandh
CITU, Centre of Indian Trade Unions
INTUC, Indian National Trade Union Congress
AITUC, All India Trade Union Congress
Hind Mazdoor Sabha,
AIUTUC, All India United Trade Union Centre
TUCC, Trade Union Coordination Committee
SEWA, Self-Employed Women’s Association of India
AICCTU,All India Central Council of Trade Unions
UTUC, United Trade Union Congress
LPF, Labour Progressive Federation
Besides several other public and private sector unions have lent their support to the strike.
All-India Bank Employees’ Association
General Insurance Employees’ All India Association (GIEAIA)