Union leaders stage hunger strike against ‘anti-labour’ policies; detained

Union leaders stage hunger strike against ‘anti-labour’ policies; detained

Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) activists holding a nationwide protest against the suspension of labour laws by some states during the lockdown period, at Rajghat in New Delhi. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

Tribune News Service
New Delhi, May 22

Leaders of 10 Central Trade Unions (CTUs), who were staging one-day hunger strike at Rajghat here against Union government’s alleged “anti-labour” policies were detained for violating the restrictions of the lockdown on Friday.

The Joint Platform of the CTUs, dominated by Left-leaning outfits, had given a call for nationwide protest today.

A union leader, RK Sharma, said, “The police personnel detained the leaders on ground of breach of Section 144 of the CrPC”.

The leaders were staging the dharna at Gandhi Samadhi, Rahghat.

The unions include INTUC, AITUC, CITU, HMS, AIUTUC and SEWA.

Their demands include restoration of labour laws which have been changed or their implementation put on hold in about 10 states consisting of both BJP and non-BJP ruled states.

In a joint petition to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the leaders sought immediate relief to stranded workers, and arrangements for safe return to their homes.

They demanded immediate halt to indiscriminate privatisation of PSUs.

The leaders in a statement claimed that reports from across the country suggest that the call for the agitation was well received. There were protest activities in all the districts of Haryana and Punjab.

They said that the protest activities would continue. 

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