(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
February 24, 2013
Overwhelming Response to Strike Call
ON February 20, 2013,
the central trade unions, viz
the BMS, INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, AICCTU, UTUC,
TUCC, SEWA and LPF,
congratulated the working people of
It will be recalled that the central trade unions, supported by thousands of unaffiliated unions, had given the two day strike call on the basis of a 10 point charter of demands of the workers, as approved by an all-India convention held at Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi on September 4, 2012.
The strike on February 20 turned out to be totally peaceful. Even then, however, there have been attacks on the workers, lathicharges and indiscriminate arrests. In NOIDA, there was brutal lathicharge on a peaceful demonstration, causing serious injuries to a number of workers and the death of one worker. Also, a leader of the Haryana Roadways Corporation Union, affiliated to the AITUC, was killed in Ambala Transport Depot by the miscreants who were out to disrupt the strike.
The central trade
unions pointed out that the strike
had been all out throughout the country, affecting all vital
sectors and bringing
the life to a standstill. The banking system came to a
collapse. The transport sector
responded magnificently except in two states ---
The central trade unions also noted that unorganised workers in agriculture and non-agriculture occupations, those in rural as well as urban area, the Anganwadi and ASHA workers also participated in lakhs. Contract workers joined the strike in a magnificent way.
The strike was
magnificent in all the states from
Arunachal Pradesh to Gujarat and from
While congratulating the workers for the strike, the central trade unions asked them to continue the strike on the next day and build up massive pressure on the government for a change of policy and for peaceful settlement of their 10 point demands.
The unions also said the right to strike is a constitutional right and that no state government has any authority to break a peaceful strike with indiscriminate use of the state machinery. They urged upon the government to realise the gravity of the situation and the unparallel anger among the masses, and to take corrective steps having a meaningful dialogue with the trade unions.