Published On: Mon, Mar 7th, 2016

Trade unions to hold protest on Mar 10 against PF move

NEW DELHI: Central trade unions will observe day-long protest across the country on Thursday against the government’s “attack on PF” and “anti-labour anti-labour policies”, a union leader said today.

"We observe a protest on March 10 against attack on PF ," AITUC General Secretary Gurudas Dasgupta told PTI.

“We observe a protest on March 10 against attack on PF,” AITUC General Secretary Gurudas Dasgupta told PTI.

“We observe a protest on March 10 against attack on PF and anti-labour practices being adopted by the government,” All India Trade Union Congress General Secretary Gurudas Dasgupta told PTI.

“Government has not been considering our demands. Even they are not talking to us. Therefore, we will observe a protest. It is primarily a protest against PF tax and other issues related to workers.”

RSS-backed Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), which has decided not to participate in the protest, said the other central unions have not discussed the issues circulated to them it for putting up before government and they have already lodged their discontent through a protest on February 24.

BMS Zonal Organisation Secretary Pawan Kumar Singh said, “We are not part to this protest on March 10. We have circulated a discussion paper to all central trade unions but they did not had a word with us.”

“We told them that government has moved positively on certain issues like increasing Bonus eligibility ceiling. Similarly, let’s bring the government on board on other issues. But they did not discuss anything on any issue listed by us. We are not part to this protest.”

The government is under attack from various quarters over its budget propsoal to tax 60 per cent of the withdrawal on contribution to employee PF made after April 1 this year. This would apply to superannuation funds and recognised provident funds including EPF.

The government has, however, promised to consider demands for a partial rollback of the proposal.

Earlier, 11 central trade unions in a joint statement said, “All the Central Trade Unions met on January 27, 2016 and resolved to continue their protest action against the anti labour policies of the Central and some State governments.”

The trade unions had decided to observe March 10 as All India Protest Day against government’s indifference to the 12-point charter of demands and its unwillingness to restart discussions for working out concrete steps for resolution of the issues, they had said in January.

The Joint statement was also signed by the BMS.


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