The Central Trade Unions organised a National Convention of Workers at Jantar Mantar on 11th November, 2021. The Convention deliberated in detail about the pro-corporate, anti-people, anti-worker and anti-kisan policies of the Modi government. The Convention unanimously resolved to organise a two day General Strike in the budget session of the Parliament, opposing the wrong policies of the government and demanding settlement of the 12 point charter of demands of the Central Trade Unions. Thereafter, the Central Trade Unions have discussed and finalised the date of the General Strike. Yesterday, the Central Trade Unions have issued a statement, announcing that the two day General Strike would take place on 23rd & 24th February, 2022.

Charter of demands

  1. Scrapping the Labour Codes; Scrapping of EDSA.
  2. Accept 6-point charter of demands, post repeal of Farm Laws, of the Samyukta Kisan Morcha.
  3. No to Privatisation in any form and scrap the NMP;
  4. Food and Income Support of Rs 7500 per month to non-income tax paying households;
  5. Increased allocation for MNREGA and extension of Employment guarantee Scheme to urban areas;
  6. Universal social security for all informal sector workers;
  7. Statutory Minimum wage and social security for Anganwadi, ASHA, Mid-day-meal and other Scheme workers;
  8. Proper protection and insurance facilities for frontline workers serving the people in the midst of pandemic;
  9. Increase in public investment in agriculture, education, health and other crucial public utilities by taxing the rich through wealth tax etc in order to revive and revamp the national economy;
  10. Substantial reduction in Central Excise duty on petroleum product and concrete remedial measure to arrest price rise.
  11. Regularisation of contract workers, scheme workers and equal pay for equal work for all.
  12. Cancellation of NPS and restoration of old pension; substantial increase in minimum pension under Employees’ Pension Scheme.

(Courtesy : bsnleu website)