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Left unions plan bandh in September

Sunday 3 July 2005

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Gurudas Dasgupta warns of `confrontation’ over Pension Regulatory Authority Bill

HYDERABAD: The major trade unions, All India Trade Union Congress and the Centre for Indian Trade Unions, are planning to launch a nation-wide bandh in September against the `anti-people’ and `anti-worker’ policies of the Central Government. Several non-party unions in banks and the LIC are also expected to participate in the bandh, the date for which will be finalised during a national convention in New Delhi on July 9.

Disclosing this at a press conference here on Saturday, CPI MP and AITUC general secretary Gurudas Dasgupta said the Left parties would vote against the Pension Regulatory Authority Bill likely to be tabled during the monsoon session of Parliament scheduled to commence on July 25. "There is going to be a confrontation with the Government," he warned. The Left parties were alarmed that the Congress was trying to pass the Bill with the help of the BJP, he said. Mr. Dasgupta, however, said the Left would not withdraw its support to the UPA coalition.

`Continuing violation’

Explaining the reasons for toughening their stand, he said the failure of the Government to abide by the Common Minimum Programme and the `continuing violation’ of labour laws prompted the trade unions to "take to the streets" and mount pressure on the Government. Much against the wishes of the Left parties which were extending the crucial outside support to the UPA coalition, retrenchment, lay-offs, closures, outsourcing and appointment of contract labour were going on.

Stating that the Congress should adjust itself to coalition politics, he said the party should understand that the people who brought down the BJP did not give full majority to the Congress. It was a fractured verdict and "we extended our support to the new coalition anticipating that it would perform differently from the NDA". "The Congress, however, is carrying on the legacy of the BJP."

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