Central-level trade unions on Wednesday called for a nationwide strike to protest against the anti-labor laws of the central and state governments.
Central-level trade unions on Wednesday called for a nationwide strike to protest against the anti-labor laws of the central and state governments. Local government representatives said that government employees were also involved in the incident. The Central and State Governments have decided to change the old labor laws in order to increase industry, business and employment. These changes in labor laws will lead to more exploitation of workers and the loss of protection for existing workers. Trade unions have also claimed that changes in labor laws are only for the benefit of manufacturers and employers. Workers are being cut in the public sector and the government is not filling millions of vacancies. In that place, highly educated youth are being employed on meager salaries. Workers in the unorganized sector are not even paid the minimum wage. Raigad district president of CITU, Comrade Madhusudan Mhatre, said that the strike was being called to ensure that the workers were given their rights first and that the law was not changed. He said that workers of JNPT port as well as port based industries would be participating in the strike. Labor leader Shashi Yadav has informed that after the work stoppage, a morcha will be held in the city near Raghoba Dev Mandir in Uran on Wednesday at 11 am and a statement will be given to the tehsildar of Uran.