Dr. R C Khuntia, EX MP, Vice President of the Congress today alleged that the BJP Government in the Centre taking advantage of Covid – 19 Pandemic Situation to Suppress labour In India.
He accused the Centre of taking the advantage of Covid-19 Pandemic situation in most dubious manner for implementing its hidden agenda for privatisation of important public sector including Railway, Coal and defense Industries.
While addressing the virtual conference he said that 14.5 crores, MGNREA workers, 5 Crore Construction Workers, 13.9 cores migrant labourers, 2.5 crore International Migrant labourers, contract labourer, vendors, shop keepers and 12 crore workers who are working in small and medium scale Industries lost their employment and wages for lockdown, Shut down demonetisation and GST.
Government failed to give financial package to workers and poor as proposed Rs 7500/- per month. Govt should give compensation to those migrant workers who have lost their life in train and bus accident while returning to their native place around 688 migrant workers died on the way. If such situation continues the no of death would be more can be no death in Covid-19.
Dr G Sanjeeva Reddy alleged that the centre is against the labour as it suspended existing labour laws, increasing daily working from 8 hours to 12 hours.
He was addressing the INTUC 302 Working Committee virtual meeting yesterday. Reddy emphasized on trade union unity and appeal to working class to join 9th August CTUC joint agitational programme and to support coal strike.
INTUC Working Committee unanimously resolved to support in August 9 agitation programme and the Coal Industrial strike on 18th August and Defense Industrial strike and Rally agitation programme agenda privatisation. INTUC emphasis on trade unity to expand his activities to concentrate more on unorganized sector. It is also decided to contract opposite political parties and MPs to strengthen the movement against privatization of public sector.
The meeting passed a condolence resolution on the sad demise of INTUC Gen. Secretary Rajendra Pratap Singh and Kalan INTUC Tamil Nadu branch President and West Bengal PCC President Somen Mitra EX MP and all other workers who died in pandemic period.
The Vice President Ragabeya, Ashok Singh, K. Chandra Sekhar, Chandra Prakash Singh, Sanjaya Singh, Ex Labour Minister, Paban Singh Ghatuwar, K.K. Nair, K. Raju, Sj. Hirarn Vora. Sanjaya Gaba, Rakeshwar Pandey participated in the meeting.