Shimla Mar 28
Central government employees, Insurance, Banks, BSNL, Postal, AG Office workers attended the All India strike on March 28. The same was organised on the call of Central Trade Unions and National Federations, of CITU, INTUC, AITUC, Joint Coordination Committee Central Employees. These employees and trade union activists protested against abolishing the labour laws.
The protesters seek a minimum of two hundred days of employment under MNREGA and implement Rs 350 as a daily MNREGA wage, providing compassionate employment, to remove the anomalies of the Sixth Pay Commission, declaring the minimum wages of workers 21 thousand rupees per month, curbing the high inflation of petrol, diesel, cooking gas and food items, privatization of government services, anti-owner and labor amendments in the Motor Vehicle Act.
During the protest, thousands of labourers took to the streets against the anti-people policies of the Modi government. Besides trade unions and central federations, the strike is being supported by democratic organizations like Himachal Kisan Sabha, Janwadi Mahila Samiti, Dalit Shoshna Mukti Manch, DYFI and SFI. During the Nationwide strike, demonstrations in the state were held in Chamba, Tessa, Chuvadi, Dharamsala, Hamirpur, Una, Bilaspur, Mandi, Sarkaghat, Jogindernagar, Balichowki, Kullu, Ani, Sainj, Solan, Darlaghat, Nalagarh, Baddi Barotiwala, Parwanoo, Nahan, Shillai, Shimla, Theog by workers. Also Rampur, Rohru, Kumarsain, Nirmand and Tapri etc witnessed the same. In the capital Shimla, workers and employees organized a rally from Panchayat Bhawan to DC Office Shimla via Rambazar, Lower Bazar.
CITU National Secretary Dr Kashmir Thakur, State President Vijendra Mehra, General Secretary Prem Gautam, INTUC State President Hardeep Singh Baba, General Secretary Sita Ram Saini, AITUC State President Jagdish Bhardwaj, General Secretary Devkinand, NZIEA State President Subhash Bhatt, General Secretary Pradeep Minhas, HPMRA State President Hukm Chand Sharma and General Secretary Seth Chand Sharma informed that thousands of laborers and employees of the state took part involved in the strike.