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The District Joint Action Committee of Trade Unions and Service Organisations has sought the cooperation and participation of all workers in the 24-hour protest on September 2 (Wednesday).

It also sought the support of the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, an affiliate of the RSS, which has withdrawn from the nationwide strike.

Addressing a news conference here on Monday, district convener P.T. Rajan and CITU State vice president T.P. Ramakrishnan said the strike would begin from midnight of September 1 and would conclude at midnight on September 2. Essential services such as water, electricity, milk supply, pharmacies and hospitals, media, and Haj pilgrims had been exempted from the strike.

The protest is not against the Centre but to change its current policies such as stringent anti-labour laws and foreign investment in defence, insurance, and railways. Workers, teachers, employees of the State, Central government departments, quasi-government departments, and banks would take part in the strike.

Mr. Ramakrishnan said the Indian Labour Conference had demanded a minimum wage of Rs.15,000 a month for workers even in the unorganised sector, implementation of social security schemes for workers, and Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending Act.

BMS flayed

He flayed the BMS for withdrawing from the strike on flimsy grounds and that too based on a statement of Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. The Centre had not come to any agreement with the trade unions as propagated by the BMS leadership.

The BMS, which had previously participated in all the protests, had succumbed to the pressure tactics of the Centre and the RSS, Mr. Ramakrishnan said.

He said the strike notice was served on all offices on August 10 and a token demonstration held at 87 centres in the district. Conventions had also been held at 75 grama panchayats, Kozhikode Corporation, and Vadakara and Koyilandy taluks.


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