Guwahati: Nearly 7000 members of various central trade unions and employees federations of the state on Friday joint the nation-wide strike to raise their voice against the alleged ‘anti-labour’ and ‘anti-people’ policies adopted by the BJP-led central as well as the state governments.
Seven central trade unions – INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AICCTU, AIUTUC and UTUC along with other sectoral independent federations and associations join the strike in Assam and demonstrated in 42 different places of the state. However, the Guwahati city committees of the trade unions were forced to refrain from demonstrating the strike because of the ‘total lockdown’ imposed since June 28 midnight.
CITU Assam general secretary Tapan Sarma said, “One after the other the profit-making public sector organisations and industries are being virtually handed over to the corporate giants. One after another ordinance has been passed to curtail the rights of workers and employees. All these attempts of the government are against the interest of the people of India.”
Stressing that the most prestigious national property, the Indian Railway has been opened up for the Mega Corporates to earn their own profit, Sarma said, “Both the Centre, as well as the state government of Assam, has been attempting to snatch the rights of the people of India. Taking advantage of the COVID-induced lockdown, they are (BJP government) conspiring to mart the public land and properties to a few corporate players. We must intensify our protests to force the government to uphold the rights of the people.”
The workers of the IOC bottling plant located at Sarpara also staged a protest against the labour law reforms and privatisation of public sector enterprises and demanded Rs 7500 relief to the migrant workers of Assam.