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Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh not to take part in trade unions' strike

PTI New Delhi | Updated on January 23, 2018 Published on August 29, 2015

The BJP-backed Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) today decided to opt out of the central trade unions’ proposed September 2 strike and said it is not the best way out in view of the government’s assurance on various demands.

The BMS’ decision was taken at a meeting of its core committee here in the capital.

Yesterday, at a meeting of 11 central trade unions, BMS had suggested calling off the planned strike following the government’s assurance and offering a six-month implementation window.

However, the remaining 10 trade unions decided to stick to their guns.

“Since the government has come forward with positive assurance on our basic demands and assured us to continue dialogue, BMS decides to defer the strike for the time-being,” BMS General Secretary Virjesh Upadhyay told PTI after the core committee meet.

According to central trade unions, there are 13.49 crore registered members, including major unions like BMS, Indian National Trade Union Congress, All India Trade Union Congress and Hind Mazdoor Sabha.

These unions are expecting around 40 crore organised and unorganised workers to join the proposed strike on Wednesday.

Elaborating, he said, “Strike is not the best way out at present. After the assurance by the government, opting for a strike means it’s being done for political motives.”

A high-level group of senior ministers had met the top union leaders on Wednesday and Thursday to convince them of withdrawing the strike call and had also promised to look into their various demands, including minimum wages, contract labour and social security.

The ministers’ group, headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, had offered increasing the minimum wages and making it mandatory, among other steps.

The ministerial panel had also proposed to raise the ceiling of bonus, and widen the coverage of provident fund and health insurance to include workers from construction as well as schemes such as anganwadis.

The panel comprising Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Power Minister Piyush Goyal and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Jitendra Singh, had two rounds of meeting with the trade unions in as many days.

BMS asked other central trade unions yesterday that the government should be given at least six months to deliver on these assurances.

Upadhyay said BMS would soon inform other central trade unions about its core committee decision.

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Published on August 29, 2015
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