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  United struggles only option to resist anti-labour policies of the government: Tarigami

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Hiranagar, December 23: A day long convention of CITU was held in Hiranagar  which was presided over by Raj Kumar, General Secretary at Bhawan Nirman Kamghar Union. The convention deliberated upon various issues and problems confronting working class, with the determination to intensify struggles to fight anti-working class and anti-people policies of the government. It was addressed by different union representatives who expressed their concern over various problems being faced by the working class.

While addressing the convention, State President CITU Mohamad Yousuf Tarigami expressed serious concern over the plight of the working class which is adversely hit by the neo-liberal economic policies pursued by the BJP government. He called for united struggle to fight the onslaught of the anti-labour policies of the central government, due to which every section of the society has been bearing the brunt.

“These policies are drastically affecting the workforce especially working in the unorganized sector across the country including Jammu and Kashmir. The continuation of neo-liberal economic policies coupled with demonetization and implementation of GST have serious ramifications on the lives and livelihood of the working-class people. The GST concessions announced by BJP led Government cannot benefit the common people who are facing brunt as these concessions were purely announced keeping in view the forthcoming elections and electoral gains,” he said.

He said that PDP-BJP government made big promises and subsequently they failed on every front. Even after the imposition of Governor’s rule, nothing has changed on the ground. In fact, things have gone from bad to worse. The state is facing political uncertainty and there is an apprehension that this uncertainty may lead to more problems.

Sukhbhir Sing, President Construction Workers Federation of India (CWFI) in his address said the social security benefits like pension, provident fund, health insurance etc are hard won rights of the working class secured through decades of struggle. These gains are now being reversed through privatization of pension funds, provident funds and cuts in subsidies and welfare benefits and such measures being implemented across the country today specifically target the social security benefits in order to pass on the burden to the working people.

Raj Kumar, General Secretary Bhawan Nirman Kamghar Union said that the BJP-led government is formulating the labour laws which are totally pro-corporate and anti-labour class in nature, which are bound to curtail the social security benefits to the working force.  As a result of this regressive step the condition of the working force is bound to be affected adversely.

The convention adopted several resolutions which include the resolution on ‘Implementation of Labour Laws, Minimum Wages Act, simplifying the process of registration of construction workers and redressal of burning issues confronting working class.

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