According to reports, ten central trade unions will conduct a series of protests starting Thursday. These protests will continue after the two-day nationwide strike during the Budget session of the Parliament. The trade unions that will participate in the protests are the Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), the Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS), the Centre for Indian Trade Unions (CITU), and the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC).
The demonstrations and strikes are happening due to the government planning to either fully or partially privatize the public sector units (PSU’s). The protesters believe that privatizing the PSU’s will affect the working class of the entire nation. Although multiple trade unions are participating in the protest, Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), the labour union affiliated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), will not participate in any of these strikes.
The central trade unions issued a joint statement saying that these protests will aim to inform the people about the repercussions of the government’s disinvestment policy. The national convention of trade unions on Thursday is the first in the series of demonstrations against the central government’s policy to reach out to the people of the nation. The unions added that this convention will be followed by a series of state-level protests all over India.
As per a media report citing the statement issued by the trade unions, Thursday’s national convention will be “followed by a two-day countrywide general strike during the Budget Session in 2022.” Meanwhile, November 26 has been fixed as the nationwide protest day, since the date marks the anniversary of the National General Strike of trade unions and the ‘Kisan March’ (farmers’ foot march) to Delhi.
Source: Hindustan Times