AICCTU organized a public meeting on 3 November 2017 at Bhagalpur against unemployment, rising prices, increasing attacks on workers’ rights and the Modi government’s anti-worker and anti-country policies. AICCTU leaders speaking at the meeting appealed for strengthening of workers’ unity to promote social harmony and called upon workers to join the Mahadharna in Delhi on 9-11 November in front of Parliament in Delhi.
Presiding over the meeting, AICCTU National Vice President SK Sharma said that the Modi government’s pro-corporate and anti-worker policies have derailed the country’s economy, ruining the livelihoods of workers across the country. Workers’ rights are being snatched away through pro-owner amendments to the labour law. Lakhs of crores of rupees are being sunk in bad loans just to pamper and benefit big corporate companies and mega-rich people.
AICCTU State Secretary Mukesh Mukt said that the Modi government came to power by cheating the people with alluring false promises and now, faced with elections, is throwing up the gimmick (jumla) of a ‘New India’. The education and health-care systems have been ruined and students, youth, and workers are being betrayed by ending job opportunities. The time has come for the working people to stand up united against this and to strengthen the voice of protest emerging from all over the country.
The meeting was also addressed by CPI(ML) District Secretary Bindeshwari Mandal, City Secretary Suresh Prasad Sah, Sikandar Tanti, Non-Gazetted Officers Association (Gope group) District President Vishnu Kumar Mandal, Yogendra De and Unorganized Workers Association State Secretary Subhash Kumar.
Earlier, a joint district cadre convention of Central Trade Unions was held on 30 October.