Move to urge state Government to declare all local holidays as paid holiday for central PSU and Financial Institutions  

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Meghalaya Joint Council of T.U. & Association and All India Trade Union Congress Meghalaya Unit on Thursday resolved to urge the State Government to declare all local holidays as paid holiday in all Central PSU and Financial Institutions in the state under NI act. 

Following the Demonstrative meeting, J.L.Das General Secretary, MJCTU&A said “This strike is called ‘demanding immediate settlement of our seven charters of demands coupled with some local demands including price rise as well as a special resolution was adopted to urge the Government of Meghalaya to declare all local holidays of Khasi, Jaintia and Garo Hills Districts of the state as paid holiday in all Central PSU and Financial Institutions in the state under NI act. “

The one-day nationwide general strike has been called by ten central trade unions to protest against various policies of the Centre. In support of one-day countrywide General Strike, Meghalaya Joint Council of T.U. & Association and All India Trade Union Congress Meghalaya Unit on Thursday hold a Joint Demonstrative Meeting at AITUC Complex, Quinton Road, Shillong. 

Dr. MN Bhattacharjee, President of MJCTU&A informed that the charter of demands of the general strike includes a 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 an 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 privatization of public sector including the financial sector and stop corporatization of government-run manufacturing and service entities like railways, ordinance factories, ports, etc”. He 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.

What are the demands of protesters?

· Cash transfer of Rs 7,500 per month for all non-income tax-paying families

· 10 kilograms free ration per person per month to all needy people

· Expansion of MGNREGA to provide 200 days’ work in a year in rural areas at enhanced wages Extension of the employment guarantee to urban areas

· Withdrawal of all “anti-farmer laws and anti-worker labour codes and stop privatisation of the public sector”, including the financial sector

· End corporatisation of government-run manufacturing and service entities like railways, ordinance factories, ports

· Withdrawal of the “draconian circular on forced premature retirement of government and PSU employees”

· Other demands are “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)