Out of the ten trade unions whicch have called for Friday Sept. 2 Bandh, the RSS-affiliated Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) said it would withdraw from the proposed nationwide strike in view of the government’s assurance on minimum wage.
It said the government has agreed upon 9 out of the 12-point charter of demands. Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya said: “Government is considering their demand on minimum wages, contract labour, pension issues and we are hopeful that all trade unions will be happy with our efforts.”
However, Left wing trade unions under the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) said “there is no question of calling off strike”. Its leader Tapan Sen said states like Delhi and Karnataka offer better wages than what was announced by the Centre now.
All banks, government offices, factories and public transportation is expected to be shut on account of Bharat Bandh on Friday in view of the failure of talks between the government and the 9 trade unions.
Besides, Jaitley and Dattatreya, Power Minister Piyush Goyal was also present at Tuesday’s press conference in which Jaitley announced minimum wage at Rs.350 per day and expressed his hope that the trade unions would withdraw their Bharat Bandh call.