HMS to go ahead with its strike plan

The first general convention of AP State Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS), after the bifurcation of the State, at its meeting here on Wednesday decided to go ahead with the proposed All India strike on September 2.

The meeting deliberated on the anti-labour policies of the Centre, problems of the workers in the unorganised sector as also those in the organised sector. The amendment to labour laws, allowing of FDI in defence, insurance and railways, New Pension Scheme and the Bibek Debroy Committee on restructuring of the railways were also discussed at the convention.

General secretary of All-India HMS Harbhajan Singh Sidhu, president of All India Defence Employees’ Federation S.N. Pathak, AP HMS president Ch. Sankara Rao, senior HMS leader D.K. Sarma and AP HMS general secretary Ch. Gandhi were among those who spoke.

Earlier, briefing the media, Mr. Sidhu said that trade unions in the country had achieved solidarity during the last few years and shared a common agenda which consists of Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU and Industrial Federations in central public sector undertakings.


He said that all major trade unions were in agreement on issues such as child labour, decent work and gender discrimination. A 10-point charter was adopted at the convention held in New Delhi on April 9 and the call was given for an All-India strike on September 2.

The All-India Railway Men’s Federation (AIRF), an affiliate of HMS, had rejected the report of the Bibek Debroy Committee on restructuring of the railways. The National Joint Action Committee of Action (NJCA) of all Central Government employees including railways was gearing up for another nationwide strike on November 23 to demand filling up of vacant posts, merger of DA with pay and scrapping of NPS.

The union organised its first general convention post bifurcation

Input from  http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Visakhapatnam/hms-to-go-ahead-with-its-strike-plan/article7533546.ece

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