Bharat Bandh: 25 crore people who are likely to participate in a national strike on January 8, unions say

NEW DELHI: Ten central unions said on Monday that around 25 million crore will participate on January 8 to protest against government anti-popular policies.

The unions INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, LPF, UTUC together with several federations and independent sector associations adopted a declaration last September to start a national strike on January 8, 2020.

We hope that the participation of not less than 25 million workers in the next national general strike on January 8, 2020, will be followed by many more actions that seek the reversal of anti-workers, anti-people and anti-policies. -national government.

The labor ministry has not been able to secure any of the workers' demands that it called for a meeting on January 2, 2020. The government's attitude is that of contempt for work as we interpret its policies and actions, the official said. . Unions (CTU) said in a joint statement.

Around 60 student organizations and elected officials of some universities have also decided to join the strike with an agenda to raise their voices against increasing the fee structure and commercialization of education, he said.

The unions condemned the violence of the UN and other similar incidents on other university campuses and expressed their solidarity with students and teachers from all over India.

The unions also expressed their dissatisfaction over the absence of an Indian Labor Conference since July 2015, the codification of labor laws and the privatization of the UPM.

Up to 12 airports have already been sold to private hands, the sale of 100 percent of Air India is already decided, the decision was made to sell BPCL, the merger BSNL-MTNL was announced and 93,600 telecommunications workers were already unemployed under the VRS outfit (voluntary retirement plan), he added.

The unions are also against the privatization of the railroads, the corporation of 49 defense production units and the forced merger of banks.

The joint platform of more than 175 farmers and agricultural workers 'unions will extend their support to workers' demands and observe on January 8 as Gramin along with his letter of demands, they added.