CPI (M) State Secretary, M Y Tarigami Wednesday accused the Prime Minister Narendera Modi led government of being pro-corporate and anti-poor and appealed all trade and employee organizations to observe strike on September 2 to protest against the indifferent attitude of Central and State governments towards labour class.
The country-wide strike has been called by the Centre of Indian Trade Unions of which Tarigami is State Secretary for J&K.
Addressing a press conference here, Tarigami said that it is worrisome that the governments, right from Centre headed by Modi to the one in J&K headed by Mufti Muhammad Sayeed have decided to use lathis on the poor and labour class.
"Both the governments have closed the option of resolving issues through negotiations. They only know how to shower water cannons and break lathis on the helpless protestors," he said.
He accused the Modi-led government in the Centre of being pro-corporate. "The Central government has waved off taxes of Tatas, Birlas and Ambanis as they helped Modi in the elections. On the other hand, poor and labour classes are being fleeced for no wrong. In J&K, the government has closed dialogue with poor labour class that include Asha workers, small time traders, Anganwadi workers, casual labours and daily wagers for redressal of their issues," he said.
Tarigami said that the dismal scenario of social security benefits to the workers, rampant violation of labour laws, non-implementations of Minimum Wages Act, extensive contractualisation of work force and attacks on trade union rights have proved detrimental to the interests of working class.
"The frequent amendments to the labour laws have so far armed the employers further and this continuing process of fiddling with the rights of workers has deprived the working class of their rights. We won't get our rights by protests separately. It is high time to unite against the injustice, government is doing with the labour class and poor people," he said.
"There should be no amendment to the labour laws. Minimum wages should be not less than Rs 15000 per month while pension should be not less than Rs 3000 a month."