At the very least 10 commerce unions have given a Bharat Bandh name for Thursday, November 26. The commerce unions participating within the nationwide common strike embody Indian Nationwide Commerce Union Congress (INTUC), All India Commerce Union Congress (AITUC), Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS), Centre of Indian Commerce Unions (CITU), All India United Commerce Union Centre (AIUTUC), Commerce Union Co-ordination Centre (TUCC), Self-Employed Girls’s Affiliation (SEWA), All India Central Council of Commerce Unions (AICCTU), Labour Progressive Federation (LPF) and United Commerce Union Congress (UTUC). The BJP aligned Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) will not participate within the bandh.
Why are commerce unions protesting, and what are their calls for
- The unions are protesting the federal government’s “anti-labour insurance policies”. The unions are demanding a money switch of Rs 7,500 per 30 days for all non-income tax paying households and 10 kg free ration per individual per 30 days to all needy.
- The unions have additionally demanded for enlargement of rural employment assure scheme MGNREGA to offer 200 days’ work in a yr in rural areas at enhanced wages and likewise extension of the employment assure to city areas.
- The commerce unions have requested the federal government to withdraw all “anti-farmer legal guidelines and anti-worker” labour codes and cease privatisation of public sector together with the monetary sector and cease corporatisation of government-run manufacturing and repair entities like railways, ordinance factories, ports and so on.
- They’ve additionally urged to withdraw the “draconian round on compelled untimely retirement of presidency and PSU staff”.
- They’ve additionally put forth their calls for together with ‘pension to all’, scrapping NPS (Nationwide Pension System) and restoration of earlier pension with enchancment in EPS-95 (Workers’ Pension Scheme-1995 run by retirement fund physique EPFO).