By Sunil Sonker
Mussoorie, 8 Jan: As many as 20 million labour union workers went on a two-day nationwide strike from Tuesday. They allege that the policies of the government are anti-worker. The strike is in support of their twelve-point charter of demands, including salary hikes, which have not been met. Employees of 10 labour organisations in education, health, telecom, coal, steel, banking, insurance and transport sectors are involved in the strike.
The effect of this was seen in Mussoorie, also, as members of labour organisations gathered at the Martyrs’ Memorial and raised slogans against the central and state governments. They took out a protest rally from the Memorial to Gandhi Chowk raising slogans against PM Narendra Modi and his government. They warned that, if their demands were not fulfilled by March, the workers of the entire country would unite and teach a lesson to Prime Minister Modi and the BJP. They would ensure a defeat in the Lok Sabha elections.
Labour leader RP Badoni, Soban Singh Panwar and Mulayam Singh said the strike had been called against one-sided labour reforms and anti-labour policies. They said that the BJP had promised to increase the minimum wage before the 2014 elections, but the government was going to complete five years and, yet, no policy had been formulated in this regard.
Others present included Devi Godiyal, Puran Negi, Gambhir Panwar, Chetram Badoni, Virendra Rawat, Rajesh Rawat, etc. Meanwhile, most banks were also closed in support of the strike, due to which problems were faced by tourists and locals. The ATMs were also closed.
By Sunil Sonker