25 crore workers to join general strike on November 26; claims central trade unions

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The workers bodies that have decided to join the strike include federations of railway and defense employees, Auto and taxi drivers unions, All India Power Engineers Federation (AIPEF), All India Bank Employees' Association (AIBEA), All India Federation of University and College Teachers’ Organisation (AIFUCTO) etc.

About 25 crore workers are expected to participate in the nationwide general strike called by the Central trade unions on Thursday, November 26, against "the anti-people, anti-worker, anti-national and destructive policies of the BJP government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

A statement was issued by a joint forum comprising most of the central trade unions barring the BJP aligned Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) claimed that they have been receiving tremendous support from workers and the people at large throughout the country.

The workers bodies that have decided to join the strike include federations of railway and defense employees, Auto and taxi drivers unions, All India Power Engineers Federation (AIPEF), All India Bank Employees' Association (AIBEA), All India Federation of University and College Teachers’ Organisation (AIFUCTO) etc.

The Independent Sectoral Federations and Associations of the central and state government employees and in the public sector enterprises have served the strike notice in most of the places, similarly the industrial units in the private sector, big and small, also have submitted notices to this effect in most part of the country, the joint statement said.

The scheme workers, domestic workers, construction workers, beedi workers, hawkers, vendors, agricultural workers, self-employed in rural and urban India have decided to come on streets for 'chakka jam', it said.

The united front of the Kisan organisations in India named as AIKSCC has also extended its support to the strike and would be mobilising in rural India to express solidarity with the workers. The trade unions have also extended their support to the call by AIKSCC, the umbrella organisation of Indian farmers, of 'Parliament Chalo' march of 26-27 November along with the mobilisation of workers all over India to stand with them against the farm laws.

The charter of demands of the general strike include cash transfer of Rs 7,500 per month for all non-income tax paying families and 10 kg free ration per person per month to all needy. The unions also demanded for expansion of MGNREGA (rural employment guarantee scheme) to provide 200 days' work in a year in rural areas at enhanced wages and also extension of the employment guarantee to urban areas.

They have asked the government to withdraw all "anti-farmer laws and anti-worker labour codes and stop privatisation of public sector including the financial sector and stop corporatisation of government-run manufacturing and service entities like railways, ordinance factories, ports etc”. They also stressed in their demand to withdraw the "draconian circular on forced premature retirement of government and PSU employees".

'Pension to all', scrapping NPS (National Pension System) and restoration of earlier pension with improvement in EPS-95 (Employees' Pension Scheme-1995 run by retirement fund body EPFO) are among the other demands (with inputs from Firstpost and agencies)

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