Jammu, November 08 (Scoop News)- A massive protest/Jail Bharo programme was organized by J&K Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) today on the call of Central Trade Unions and National Federations to oppose anti-youth new recruitment policy of J&K govt., high price rise, enforcement of labour laws, fixation of statutory minimum wages at not less than Rs. 10,000/- per month.
The workers of various unions i.e., J&K ASHA Workers Union, Railway Loading & Unloading Workers Union, Northern Zone Insurance Employees Association, Teacher,s Association, Building & other Construction workers unions, J&K Kisan Tehreek, Chinab Hydro Power Project,s workers union, Bhartiya Coal Khan Mazdoor Union, Kalakot, Medical Representatves Union etc. assembled at Bikram Chowk, Jammu. The rally passed through main bazaars of city like Jewel Chock, Gumat Chowk, City Chowk and culminated at Indira Chowk and hundreds of activists led by M.Y.Tarigami courted arrest.
Om Parkash, General Secretary, (CITU) demanded amendment of Minimum Wages Act to ensure universal coverage irrespective of the schedule and fixation of statutory minimum wages at not less than Rs.10,000/- per month with index price and removal of all ceiling on payment and illegibility of bonus, provident fund; increase the quantum of gratuity. CITU supports the Strike of workers of Bhartiya Coal Khan Mazdoor Union,
Sham Prasad Kesar, Regional Secretary, CPI(M), Jammu stressed for assured pension for all workers and compulsory registration of Trade Unions within a period of 45 days and immediate ratification of the ILO Conventions 87 and 98. Kesar further demanded the regularisation of services of ReT teachers, ASHA and Anganwadi workers and helpers.
Pawan Gupta, and Ramesh Chand Divisional Secretary & Joint Secretary of LIC Northern Zone criticized the disinvestment of Profit making PSUs. Smt. Sunita Bhagat , Anita and Anu leaders of ASHA Workers Union, Kishore Kumar, Sohan Lal and Banarasi Dass, Kisan Leaders also addressed the gathering