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Bharat Bandh- Why Are Indian Industrial Workers Protesting?

A two-day central trade union strike on January 8-9 to protest against the Centre’s “anti-labour” policies garnered positive response nationwide.

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Bharat Bandh- Why Are Indian Industrial Workers Protesting?
Bharat Bandh- Why Are Indian Industrial Workers Protesting?

A two-day central trade union strike on January 8-9 to protest against the Centre’s “anti-labour” policies garnered positive response nationwide.

What Are The Demands?

Millions of workers who marched in various cities marked a movement against the government’s labour law reforms that includes privatisation of public sector companies, destroying job security through encouraging contract work, proposed amendments to the Trade Union Act and his failure to address rural distress. Protesters are demanding that the national minimum wage be fixed in accordance with the formula that the 15th ILC declared in 1957 and the right to decent work.

What Are We Reading?

Bharat Bandh: Why Workers Brought India to a Halt for Two Days

The strike is being hailed as the ‘largest ever’ and has also garnered solidarity from farmers, students and teachers. The central trade unions claim that those participating in and supporting the strike include industrial and service sector workers, central and state government employees and workers from the unorganised sectors. The Wire's reports from ground workers' demands for basic rights.

Coal India Workers' Strike May Cost Rs 500 Cr; 3.5 MT Sales To Be Affected

The nationwide workers' strike that began on January 8 may cost Coal India at least 3.6 million tonne (MT) of production and sales worth Rs 500 crore as four central trade unions (CTU) decided to join the protest against policies of the central government, reported the Business Standard. This strike comes in the wake of at least 10 power plants in the country facing severe coal shortage.

Why Rural Women Are Falling Out Of India’s Workforce At Faster Rates Than Urban Women

Lack of formal jobs, coupled with shrinking availability of agricultural work, has led to declining numbers of women in the rural workforce. Fewer agricultural work opportunities are partly responsible for this decline. The size of agricultural landholdings has shrunk with concomitant divisions within families, according to agricultural data. This IndiaSpend report digs deep into the issue.

Trade Unions Protest Against Government’s “Pro-Corporate” And “Anti-People” Labour Reforms

Four representatives of the central trade unions said that important labour policies implemented under the current regime go against interests of workers. They said that even when the unions were consulted to formulate these policies; it was only in letter but not in spirit. The Caravan analyses reasons behind repeat protests.

In Assam, Oil India Limited Workers Rise In Protest Against The Entry Of Private Companies

The trade union in Assam’s Duliajan is fighting against proposed privatization of Oil India Limited (OIL)- a public-sector company. Unions allege that the government’s intention is to kill the PSU [public sector undertaking] that Oil India is. “A public-sector company cannot just be about making profits”. There is also apprehension that jobs will be lost if private players come into the picture, reported Scroll.in.