100,000,000 workers grind India to a halt in one of world's biggest strikes ever
Banking, insurance and industry are likely to be affected on Tuesday with all major unions calling a countrywide strike to protest the "anti-labour" policies of the government, rising prices and disinvestment of PSUs.
Unions leaders who have rejected appeals to desist from
the strike said all 11 major trade unions including Congress-affiliated INTUC, Shiv Sena-backed Bharatiya Kamgar Sena and UPA ally Indian Union Muslim League's trade-wing STU would join hands to make the strike a success.
"This a historic occasion as for the first time all the major trade unions irrespective of political affiliations are coming together to protest anti-labour polices of the government," AITUC general secretary Gurudas Dasgupta said.
Dasgupta especially lauded INTUC president G Sanjeeva Reddy for being the "most consistent fighter in our joint struggle".
About 5,000 small unions have also decided to support the strike call, the union leaders said.
The government had last week appealed the trade unions to desist from going on strike with Labour Minister Mallikarjun Kharge saying they were ready to discuss any kind of labour-related issues.
Rejecting the appeal, Dasgupta said "We are not ready to consider such a ritualistic statement on the part of the government." He said the government had enough opportunity earlier to sit with the trade unions to discuss the issues.
The unions are demanding no contractorisation of work -- permanent or perennial nature, amendment of Minimum Wages Act, assured pension for all and compulsory registration of trade union among others.
Possibly the world's largest strike. The specialty about this strike is that trade unions from all different political spectrum are united today for single common cause, even the trade unions affiliated with reactionary parties like "Shiv Sena" and unions affiliated with ruling "Congress Party" have come together with different communist parties against anti labor policies of central government.
Time to show some revolutionary enthusiasm, I guess.
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http://libcom.org/news/100000000-wor...trike-28022012 and http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2...550702681.html