Trade unions call nationwide strike Tuesday

February 23rd, 2012 - 8:07 pm ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, Feb 23 (IANS) All business and commercial activities are likely to be paralysed next Tuesday following a nationwide strike call by 11 trade unions.

The strike would involve around 45 crore workers in all sectors of the economy, including banks and financial institutions, the organised and unorganized sectors, said All India Bank Employees Association secretary Vishwas Utagi here Thursday.

“Besides the 11 central trade unions, industry-wise apex trade unions shall come together for the first time since independence for the strike seeking implementation of a 10-point common charter of demands,” Utagi said.

The demands include concrete measures to contain inflation, linking employment protection to concessions and incentives, strict enforcement of all basic labour laws, security cover for workers in the unorganized sector.

These also include halt to divesting public sector units, statutory minimum wage of Rs.10,000 per month, removing all ceilings on payments and eligibility of bonus, provident fund and hiking gratuity benefits.

–Indo-Asian New Service

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