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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The entire Central Trade Unions and Federations of various industries have given call to organise General Strike on 2nd September, 2015. It is the duty of each and every employee of BSNL to participate in this strike and make it a historic success. Workers Unity Zindabad ! ! Inquilab Zindabad ! !


General Strike on 2nd September, 2015. Participate enmasse. The Narendra Modi government which came to power, pledging to serve the poor, is only serving the corporates. All the resources of the country are being wide opened to the loot of the corporates. Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself has declared in the American soil that, doing business is not the business of his government. It means nothing, but all the Public Sector Companies, would be privatised. Ruthless attack on the Public Sector. The Modi government has already announced his ambitious plan to make disinvestments in the Public Sector Undertakings, to the tune of Rs.69,500 crore, in this financial year. Further, it has already implemented 100% FDI in the railways and defence sectors. FDI limit in the Insurance sector has been raised to 49%. The Bibek Debroy Committee, formed by the Modi government, has already announced the blue print to privatise the Indian Railways. Similarly, the government has also planned to corporatise the Postal Department. There is no doubt that the Railway and Postal Services are soon going to be swallowed by the corporates. In BSNL, all the unions and associations are continuously struggling to revive the Company. We know that, the future of the 2.25 lakh employees and their families will be doomed if BSNL is not saved. But the question is, how we can save BSNL alone, when the government wants to handover the entire public sector to the corporates. Certainly we cannot. Labour Law amendments. The real situation in the country even at present is that, 90% of the employers are not implementing the Labour Laws. 90% of the disputes between the employers and workers relate only to the non-implementation of the Labour Laws. Under this situation, the Modi government wants to bring amendments to the Labour Laws, which are totally against the workers, and will allow the employers to “hire and fire” the workforce. “Job creation”, “simplification”, “ease of doing business”, “attracting investment”, etc. are the attractive reasons being advanced by the Modi government, in favour of making the labour law amendments. But in reality, if the labour laws are amended, as planned by the Modi government, more than 70% of the factories, and their workers, would be knocked out of the purview of the Labour Laws. The changes to Labour Laws, as planned by the Modi government, are already implemented in Rajasthan. As per the amended Industrial Disputes Act in Rajasthan, the workers employed in factories which are employing upto 300 workers, can be retrenched by the employers, without taking any permission from the government. It must be noted that in Rajasthan, out of the total 7622 factories, 7252 factories are employing less than 300 workers. It means in 95% of the factories in Rajasthan, workers can be kicked out of jobs whenever employees want. Another danger is that, if the labour laws’ amendments are implemented, ‘the right to strike’ would be taken away. According to the proposed amendments, six weeks’ notice should be given for strike. Conciliation proceedings will be deemed to have started on the day when strike notice is served. During the pendency of the conciliation proceedings, workers cannot go on strike. Fine from Rs.20,000 to Rs.50,000 or imprisonment for one month, or both, will be imposed on the workers who participate in the illegal strike. If these amendments are implemented, then in future all strikes will become illegal. The Modi government which came to power, vowing to control price rise, has not done it. Instead it has fuelled price rise, by taking steps like raising the railway goods tariff, deregulation of diesel price, etc. The prices of essential commodities, continue to increase, which hurt the working masses. Further, 90% of the workforce in the country is unorganised. The Central Trade Unions have demanded to fix Rs.15,000 as minimum wages. But, this demand has been rejected by the Modi government. It is not out of place to mention that it is the same government which has abolished Wealth Tax for the rich, and has also given Rs.5,89,285 crore as tax concessions to the corporates, in this year’s budget. Hence, there is no doubt that this is the government of the corporates. The entire Central Trade Unions and Federations of various industries have given call to organise General Strike on 2nd September, 2015. It is the duty of each and every employee of BSNL to participate in this strike and make it a historic success. Workers Unity Zindabad ! ! Inquilab Zindabad ! !

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