Ludhiana: Commuters and passengers had a tough time as traffic movement came to a halt for around two hours in the afternoon when different Central Trade Unions stage the protest outside Bus Stand Road.
The traffic remained standstill for two hours which caused harassment among passengers and commuters.
However, bus services remain suspended for around four hours. Passengers and commuters harassed a lot as one of the passengers, Harnoor Singh claimed that he got stuck over here as he has to rush to Patiala for some importantly work but now he is hiring a private taxi to reach there. “This is a great harassment for the passengers”, he added.
On a call given by Central Trade Unions and various independent federations, unions and associations, the workers affiliated to the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), INTUC, CTU, and CITU observed strike in their respective industries and other institutions.
The unions of workers of Punjab Roadways and PRTC have already suspended work for many hours on Friday. The protestors included large number of women, construction workers, industrial workers, hosiery workers, bank, electricity, PSSF, public health workers, contractual workers, corporation workers, roadways and others sections of workers and employees.
Protest rally was presided over by Om Parkash Mehta – All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), Gurjit Singh of Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), Paramjeet Singh of Central Trade Union (CTU) and Jagdish Chand of Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU).
Sarabjit Singh Sarhali, Vice President, INTUC, Punjab exposed the blatant lie by the government that they have agreed to increase the daily wage to Rs.350. In fact, this will effect only the contractual workers in a selected few central government sectors and this forms a miniscule number out of the 45 crore work force in the country. They also exposed the finance minister Arun Jaitley for lying that this was as per the advisory board meeting on August 29. The fact of the matter is that he left the meeting in between and then gave this false statement.
The speakers demanded minimum wages to be fixed for unskilled workers at Rs 18,000, semi skilled 23,000 and skilled workers 26,000 per month. These demands are based on formula for wages which has already been unanimously decided by the 15th Indian Labour Conference (ILC) and subsequent addition of 25%. In fact said formulae makes minimum wage around Rs 20,000 and the trade unions are demanding only Rs 18,000. The Government only suggested floor wage of Rs.7210 per month in Punjab (not based on concept of minimum wage).
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