Business Bureau :
Ten central trade unions on Friday held protests across the country to oppose suspension and tweaking of labour laws by states. Hunger strike, demonstrations and processions were observed by workers at several places to press for withdrawal of “draconian changes” in labour laws, a joint statement by the trade unions said. Several trade unions active at national and state level also joined the call of nationwide protest by central unions, it said.
A joint petition by the central trade unions (CTUs) was submitted to the Prime Minister via email. The petition included the demands such as immediate relief to stranded workers for ferrying them safely to their homes, food to be made available to all, ensure wages to all for entire lockdown period and cash transfer of Rs 7,500 to non-income tax paying households, including unorganized labour force for at least three months to June. The employees and workers from independent federations and associations such as banks, insurance, defence, telecom, government employees etc., organised solidarity actions by wearing black badges.