Trade Unions on strike today over 12-points charter of demands

Bhubaneswar: Members of trade unions affiliated to various political parties called one-day nationwide strike today urging the people to protest against the anti-people policies of the central and state governments.

The unions and rights groups have slammed the government for not committing itself to minimum wage and social security for informal sector workers, which according to NSSO data as 92 per cent of India’s working class. Of this only 11 per cent are regular waged/ salaried workers and 89 per cent are self employed or casual workers.

The demands made by the groups for these workers include ensuring minimum Rs 15,000 as monthly floor wage and make it statutorily binding, need for health care, inclusion under the Awas Yojana, rehabilitation of bonded labourers, regulation of working hours for domestic workers, food security, unemployment allowance, at least Rs 3,000 monthly pension for the entire workforce, among many others.