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Trade unions 'take stock' ahead of nationwide strike

Tuesday, 19 February 2013 - 11:27pm IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: PTI
Major trade unions on Tuesday held separate meetings ahead of the two-day general strike called by them from Wednesday demanding redressal of 10 demands.

Major trade unions on Tuesday held separate meetings ahead of the two-day general strike called by them from Wednesday demanding redressal of 10 demands.

The meetings were basically a "stock taking exercise" ahead of the strike call, CITU General Secretary Tapan Sen said.

He said the government was given enough time to meet the demands but it failed to address the issues afflicting the working class.

Eleven central trade unions had yesterday stuck to their call for the nationwide strike from Wednesday after talks with senior ministers -- AK Antony, Sharad Pawar and Labour Minister Mallikarjun Kharge, convened at the instance of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh -- failed.

The government in a statement today said the ministers explained to the representatives of the central trade unions about the various measures taken by it to control price rise and contain inflation in the country.

Particular attention was drawn to the huge food subsidy given by the government to ensure availability of food grains to the poor through the PDS system.

The representatives were also told about the government's initiatives in introducing amendments to various labour laws.

The ministers said the National Employment Policy would be announced shortly to encourage more employment to women and promote skill development.

They also referred to the huge loss to the economy in case the unions went ahead with the strike call.


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