Central Trade Union call for a nation wide strike on March 10

According to a recent report, the central trade union in collaboration with the BJP- backed Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), have decided to call for a nation wide strike on March 10 in New Delhi. The unions also stated that the strike  is called to protest against central as well as state government’s “anti-worker” policies and changes in laws through labour reforms.

The unions in a joint meeting on Friday agreed upon that, March 10, 2016 will witness full day strike to show protest against the anti-labour policies. According to the sources, in order to decide about the next course of action, the unions are planning to organize a massive National Convention of Workers in Talkatora Stadium, in New Delhi on last week of March 2016.

The unions recently reviewed a drastic depletion in economic and social condition of the working class people and how the government is moving ahead with the labour laws amendments.

However, in a latest statement the unions sited that, “Fight against anti labour policies will continue. The Central Trade Unions directed its constituents to prepare jointly for protest action on March 10, 2016.”

They also asked common independent employees, workers, unions and federations to join hands together to participate in the strike and show a mass protest against the objectionable activities of the government for workers and the common people.

Sources: economictimes.indiatimes.com

Vemula suicide: 60 protestors detained in Chennai

Around 60 protesters, who staged protests demanding the resignation of Union Human Resources Minister Smriti Irani and Minister of Labour and Employment Bandaru Dattatreya over the suicide of Hyderabad dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula,  and three medical students in Tamil Nadu, were detained in Chennai by the Police today.

“The continuing and growing incidence of tragic suicides of students belonging to marginalised sections of society makes it imperative that a ‘Rohith Law’ be enacted… This should ensure punitive action against university administrations guilty of encouragement”, read out the official statement of the protestors, as quoted by NDTV.

According to a report by ANI, Hyderabad Osmania University’s Joint Action Committee , in a statement announced that it will hold a “Chalo CM Camp office” protest on 29 January to condemn the alleged reasons leading to Vemula’s death.

 

Sources: India Today: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/60-students-detained-in-chennai-for-demanding-smriti-iranis-resignation/1/580660.html

Ukraine on brink of ‘civil war’, says ex-president.

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Leonid Kravchuk, president from 1991 to 1994, and the first after independence said the country is on the verge of civil war, in light of the parliament’s deliberation on providing amnesty to protesters. He also urged everyone “to act with the greatest responsibility.”

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov and his cabinet resigned after months of protests, leaving the country in disarray and the people demanding early elections. Despite the parliament scrapping a controversial anti-protest law, the protesters have shown no signs of backing down from the protests.