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BMS finds common ground with left, trade unions, to hold protests tomorrow

RSS affiliate to submit a 22-charter of demands to Arun Jaitley

Archis Mohan  |  New Delhi 

Logo of the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh
Logo of the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh

The (BMS), an affiliate of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), will hold a protest march from Ramlila Ground to in on Friday to protest the government’s economic policies.

The has said it will submit a 22-charter of demands to Finance Minister The FM chairs the five-member inter-ministerial council that Prime Minister had constituted to look at workers’ related issues.

The protest comes on the heels of a three-day sit-in protest by the other 10 The boycotted the protest by the other trade unions. It termed the protests by other trade unions as “politically motivated”.

Among its demands, the wants a stop to foreign direct investment (FDI) and also a stop to the Centre’s plan to disinvest and privatize public sector undertakings (PSUs). The 12-point charter of demands of the other 10 has also called for a stop to disinvestment of

There is much that is common between the 22-pointer charter of demands of the and the 12-point charter of demands of the 10 other

These 10 trade unions held a protest at New Delhi’s on November 9,10 and 11, in which thousands of workers from across the country had participated.

They had presented their charter of demands to Minister of State for Labour and Employment (Independent Charge) Santosh Kumar Gangwar on November 7. leaders had also attended the meeting along with leaders of other 10 trade unions.

Subsequent to their three-day sit-in, the 10 now plan to continue and complete their joint district level conventions by the first week of January 2018.

They have also announced district level ‘satyagrahas’ in the last week of January. The date for these protests is yet to be decided. They have threatened sectoral/industry level joint strikes as and when the Centre takes measures at privatisation in these sectors. The trade unions have also decided to protest on the day of the presentation of the Union Budget if it contains anti-worker measures. They plan to meet after the presentation of the Budget to plan their future course of action, including a nationwide labour strike.

Prominent of these 10 are (Indian Trade Union Congress, affiliated to the Congress party), (All Trade Union Congress, affiliated to the Communist Party of India), (Centre of Indian Trade Unions, affiliated to the CPI-M) and Hind Mazdoor Sabha. Others are NTUC, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, and UTUC.

First Published: Thu, November 16 2017. 20:23 IST