Members of the All India BSNL DOT Pensioners Association (AIBDPA) fully supported the 2nd September Strike and expressed their solidarity by participating in the demonstrations, processions, dharnas etc. organised on the day along with BSNLEU and BSNLCCWF, whose members have fully participated in the strike. The presence of the senior citizens, who themselves have been the leaders of BSNLEU earlier, gave inspiration to the workers. Many of them are comrades who participated / gave leadership to all the 17 strikes organised since 1991 against the anti-people, anti-worker neo-liberal policy of the government. While only about one crore workers participated in the first strike organised by the Central Trade unions on 29th November 1991, more than 18 crore workers participated in the strike on 2nd September 2016. The Indian working class will continue its struggle against the anti-worker, anti-people policy of the government and on their fully justified demands like minimum wage of Rs.18,000, no privatisation of PSUs, implementation of labour laws to safeguard the interests of the workers, bring down the prices of essential commodities, regularise the contract workers, ensure minimum pension to all etc.
Hearty Congratulations and Thanks to all the senior citizens, AIBDPA members for the solidarity and support extended to the strike!