Ironic but exactly a year after similar Bharat Bandh on September 2, 2015, all the 15 crore employees and workers affilitated to nine major trade unions will hit the roads across the country demanding hike in remuneration, change in labour laws, and end of FDI regime and providing pension to all unorganised workers on par with the organised sector.
The major trade union CITU has described the hike in minimum wages for non-agricultural workers from Rs. 112 a day to Rs. 350 by the government on Tuesday as a "mockery" of workers and reiterated its call to go on strike as planned on Friday, september 2, 2016. All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) general secretary Gurudas Dasgupta said, “There is no concrete proposal to address our demands. The minimum wage for unskilled worker comes out to be near Rs. 9,100 per month which is nowhere near our demand of Rs. 18,000 a month.”
Bharat Bandh is likely to affect the functioning of essential services such as transport, electricity, mining, defence, telecom and insurance will be affected. All scheduled banks will wear a deserted look like last year and this time many government offices and factories will be shut down on Friday. In transportation sector,
many autorickshaw unions in Delhi, Hyderabad and Bengaluru have given a call for bandh on Friday, which may pose a major problem for those dependent on autos to reach offices or their work places.
While not all railway workers are joining the strike, with the exception of Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), railway services will also be hit on this day or a skeletal service will be provided. Otherwise, all the Leftist and Congress-affiliated trade unions — INTUC, HMS, CITU, AITUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, UTUC and LPF — have called for the strike.
The trade unions are also demanding compulsory registration of trade unions within a period of 45 days from the date of application and immediate rectification of International Labour Organisation (ILO) conventions C-87 and C-98.[ tags bharat bandh, national strike, trade union, left, bms, september 2 strike, arun jaitley, wage, hike, labour laws, protest, unions, citu, intuc, aituc, demands, BMS]