Pune: The labour union affiliated to the Indian National Congress, the Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) organised a nation-wide agitation on Thursday at all their branches to protest against the ‘anti-labour’ policies of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government. In Pune, the union organised a protest at Congress Bhavan.
General Secretary of the union for Pune city and district, MP Gadekar, said the BJP government is indulging in rampant privatisation and anti-labour decision making.
He said, “We are seeing an unprecedented attack on the public sector. The government is putting important sectors like defence in the hands of private entities, handing over machinery and facilities to them. We demand that this be stopped.”
Gadekar said INTUC is taking up many labour demands with the government through their agitation.
“We saw that the budget made no provisions for labourers. We are demanding that action be taken against willful defaulters too,” he said.
“We are pushing for demands like abolition of contract labour system and spending the Construction Workers Welfare Fund which is estimated at Rs 35,000 crore in accumulated value,” Gadekar added.
The Indian National Trade Union Congress has 70,000 workers as members in and around Pune. Gadekar said the agitation has seen a good response from workers.
“All our protest centres saw workers attending the agitation in a large number. We will fight for the rights of the workers of all sectors across the country,” he added.