24th February 2012
CENTRAL TRADE UNIONS CALL FOR
GENERAL STRIKE ON 28TH FEBRUARY 2012
The National Convention of Workers held at New Delhi on 7th September 2011 was a historic occasion where all the Central Trade Unions - BMS, INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, AICCTU, UTUC, TUCC - came together along with Independent Federations from Railways, Defence, Banking, Insurance, Medical Representatives, Civil Aviation, Telecom, Central Government employees, State Government employees and other sectors. The convention rightly noted that there should be a stop to the neo-liberal policies of the government in order to secure jobs and the rights to the workers. Bharatiya Kamgar Sena also came out with a call to join the nation-wide strike.
The Demands of the workers focused in the Convention were:
1) Concrete measures to control price rise
2) Creation of jobs
3) Strict enforcement of basic labour laws
4) Universal social security for workers in unorganized sector
5) Stop disinvestment of profit making PSUs
6) Stop contractorisation of work of permanent nature and till then to pay the wages and benefits at the same rate as available to the regular workers
7) Amendment of Minimum Wages Act to ensure universal coverage and fixation of statutory minimum wage at Rs.10,000 per month with indexation
8) Removal of all ceilings on Bonus, and increase in the quantum of Gratuity
9) Assured Pension for all
The National Convention also expressed its serious concern over the rampant corruption all around and the generation of black-money in the economy and demanded change in the economic policies to eradicate and prevent corruption and demanded the bringing back of the black money stashed abroad.
On 2nd December, 2011 the Central Trade Unions again met at Delhi and decided to call for a nation-wide GENERAL STRIKE ON THE 28TH FEBRUARY 2012 to press for these demands of the workers.
LIC employees who are in continuous struggle to protect the public sector insurance industry, are aware that the policies of liberalisation and privatization can be defeated only through a sustained united struggle of the working class.
The field force of LIC including the Development Officers and agents have also been fighting against the stifling conditionalities being imposed by the government and IRDA. We oppose these conditionalities which are impacting the marketing force and consequently the LIC.
Hence, we appeal to all the insurance employees across the country to participate in the preparations for the general strike in a concerted manner along with other unions, culminating in a successful strike action on 28th February 2012.
National Federation of Insurance Field Workers of India
All India Insurance Employees’ Association
All India LIC Employees’ Federation
National Organisation of Insurance Workers (BMS)
All India National Life Insurance Employees’ Federation (INTUC)
Bharatiya Vima Kamgar Sena