A nationwide strike is being conducted by over 25 crore workers today, protesting against various policies of the Central government.
Organisations partaking in the strike include;
Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC)
All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC)
Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS)
Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU)
All India United Trade Union Centre (AIUTUC)
Trade Union Coordination Centre (TUCC)
Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA)
All India Central Council of Trade Unions (AICCTU)
Labour Progressive Federation (LPF)
United Trade Union Congress (UTUC).
The UP government extended the Essential Services Maintenance Act, banning strikes in all departments and corporations under it for a period of another six months.
The protestors demand a cash transfer of Rs 7,500 per month to all non-income taxpaying families and 10 kilograms free ration per person per month.
They want the expansion of MGNREGA, the rural employment guarantee scheme, to provide 200 days’ work a year in rural areas at enhanced wages.
They also want the extension of the employment guarantee to urban areas.
Their other demands include withdrawal of the “anti-farmer laws and anti-worker labour codes and the stopping privatisation of the public sector.