Shri Narendra Modi
Prime Minister of India
Through the Minister of Labour & Employment
Government of India, Shram Shakti Bhavan, New Delhi
From the All-in-One-Unity platform of all the Central Trade Unions (CTUs) of the country we convey our greetings to the new Prime Minister of India. People of the country who have voted you to govern the country have great expectation from your Government on the question of life and livelihood. We expect you to fulfill the aspiration of the mass of the people who produce wealth for the nation, resources for the exchequer and also profit for the employers. The trade union movement reiterates that workers are committed for people oriented growth and advancement of the nation. Hard fact is that it is workers who are the living force behind keeping the national economy afloat.
We seek to draw your kind attention to the Ten-point Charter of Demands (CoD) which we have been pursuing through countrywide peaceful democratic mobilization, agitation and repeated strike action in phases spreading over a period of last over four years at all levels. These demands have been formulated jointly by all the Central Trade Unions in the country along with almost all national Federations of workers and employees in the major industries and service establishments in the country. These demands voice the most basic bottom line needs of the working people. These demands are:
- Urgent measures for containing price-rise through universalisation of public distribution system and banning speculative trade in commodity market
- Containing unemployment through concrete measures for employment generation
- Strict enforcement of all basic labour laws without any exception or exemption and stringent punitive measures for violation of labour laws.
- Universal social security cover for all workers
- Minimum wages of not less than Rs 15,000/- per month with provisions of indexation
- Assured enhanced pension not less than Rs.3,000/- p.m. for the entire working population
- Stoppage of disinvestment in Central/State PSUs
- Stoppage of contractorisation in permanent perennial work and payment of same wage and benefits for contract workers as regular workers for same and similar work
- Removal of all ceilings on payment and eligibility of bonus, provident fund; increase the quantum of gratuity
- Compulsory registration of trade unions within a period of 45 days from the date of submitting application; and immediate ratification of ILO Conventions C 87 and C 98
Besides the above, the notification for minimum pension of Rs.1,000/- per month and raising the ceiling of coverage under EPF Act from Rs.6500/- to Rs.15000/- is overdue. The previous Govt. had cleared these two measures.
The validity and justness of the issues of our CoD has found expression in the speech of the then Prime Minister while addressing the 45th session of the Indian Labour Conference (ILC) held on 17th May .2013 that “the demands of recent two days strike by the workers are also the demands of the people at large and most of them are undisputable and unexceptionable and also are in the advanced stage of consideration by the Government.” The ILC development was followed up with constitution of a Group of Senior Ministers with mandate to meet the CTUs to settle the issues. Bilateral exercise did take off but remained inconclusive and the issues still stand unresolved.
All the Central Trade Unions of the country feel very much agitated at the wavering attitude of the previous Government on the issues raised above which ignored the conclusion of the ILCs. In the meantime the situation has got aggravated. The price-rise of essential commodities is making the life of common people miserable. The recent increase in passenger and freight charges by Railways will have cascading effect on price front. Mass-scale and widespread contractorisation of regular jobs has been continuing in the Govt, public and private sector, trampling the concerned law underfoot. Opening up almost all sectors to FDI and reckless deregulation of the strategic sectors of the economy including the financial sector and aggressive disinvestment of PSUs and privatization of crucial public utility services appears to be pursued by the new Government.
At this point we urge upon your government to kindly refrain from any kind of unilateralism and one-sided approach either by the Central Government or any State Government on matters involving and affecting workers. We feel such submission has become necessary due to the unfortunate unilateral steps initiated to amend several vital Labour Laws by the present Government of Rajasthan. In this connection we are also seriously concerned at the sudden hurried steps by the Union Labour Ministry to push through major amendments to number of principal Labour Statutes affecting workers.
We urge upon you, Mr. Prime Minister, to ensure that labour is accorded its due recognition and the issues noted above are attended and satisfactory settlement is arrived at through bilateral discussion between the Central Government and the joint platform of Central Trade Unions at the earliest. .
BMS INTUC AITUC HMS CITU
AIUTUC TUCC SEWA AICCTU UTUC LPF