WB : Convention Against Labour Laws Reforms

30 April 2015
A GROUP of militant trade unions comprising All WB Sales Representatives' Union, Bandh Karkhana Sanjukta Sangram Committee, Sramik Sangram Committee (Workers' Initiative), AICCTU, IFTU, NTUI and TUCI organized a convention in Kolkata on March 28 calling for developing the struggle against the conspiracy to do away with the labour laws that despite all limitations provide some relief to the organized sector workers of the country. The convention noted that the government is attempting to force out a large section of workers from the ambit of the labour laws heretofore in force, the cardinal reason being to provide a ready market of cheap labour to the corporate world. Our Prime Minister's 'Make in India' slogan is actually a euphemism for guaranteeing to the corporate world flexible and cheap labour in the interests of capital and the elimination of trade unions. The convention was addressed by Com Ashish Kusum Ghosh of All WB Sales Representatives' Union, Com Amitabha Bhattacharya of Bandh Karkhana Sanjukta Sangram Committee, Com Kamal Tiwari of Sramik Sangram Committee (Workers' Initiative), Com AtanuChakraborty of AICCTU, Com Samanway Chatterjee of IFTU, Com NK Vasudevan of NTUI and Com Alik Chakraborty of TUCI. It was decided at the convention that the trade unions would organize a massive demonstration in June demanding that the West Bengal state government make the necessary changes in its laws to retain the original labour laws and thus refuse to accept the amendments to the labour laws brought in by the central government. The demonstration would also highlight the burning problems of the workers of the state, especially in the tea and jute industries
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