Monday, 9 December 2013


Within ten months from the historic two days countrywide general strike on February 20 – 21 this year, the working class of India is again getting ready for another country wide struggle, this time in the form of a mammoth ‘March to Parliament’ on December 12. All the eleven central trade unions who have been jointly leading the campaign and struggle on the ten point charter of demands since the last four years have called for this ‘March to Parliament’.The Ten Demands of the Joint Trade Union Movement of India are as follows:
1. Concrete measures to contain price rise
2. Strict enforcement of labour laws
3. Constitute National Social Security Fund at the national level to provide universal social security coverage to unorganised workers
4. No contractorisation of work of permanent/ perennial nature; equal wages and benefits for contract workers as the permanent workers doing the same job
5. Minimum wage of not less than Rs 10000 per month linked with consumer price index; amendment to Minimum Wages Act to ensure universal coverage irrespective of schedules
6. Stop disinvestment of Public Sector Undertakings
7. Concrete measures for employment generation
8. Assured pension for all
9. Remove all ceilings on payment and eligibility for bonus, provident fund, gratuity etc
10. Compulsory registration of trade unions within a period of 45 days and immediate ratification of ILO Conventions No 87 and 98
The call is fully supported by most of the independent national federations of employees and workers from other sectors like insurance, banks, state and central government departments, defence, BSNL, etc. Massive protest demonstrations will also be held on the same day and on the same demands at the district headquarters all over the country.

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