CENTRAL TRADE UNIONS MEET UNION FINANCE MINISTER FOR PRE BUDGET DISCUSSIONS
Pre budget consultations with Trade Union leaders – Finance Minister cleared some of the apprehensions and also assured on some specific issues
The Union Finance Minister Sri Arun Jaitley assured the Trade Union leaders that, the Central Government will not take any steps which will curtail jobs; instead it will try to increase the employment opportunities in all sectors by adopting different methods.
The Minister was responding to the Trade Union leaders’ questions regarding the economic reforms process. He expressed his happiness that both the Government and TU leaders having same destination but there are difference of opinion regarding the way to be followed. He categorically told the leaders that these differences can be reduced only with frequent dialogue for which his ministry is ready.
The Finance Minister also assured the delegation that, neither Railways nor Coal India will be privatised and their identity will be protected. Responding, the apprehension made by BMS, CITU, AITUC, and AICCTU on FDI issue, he promised that, his government will maintain the Government character while implementing FDI policy and will not raise FDI cap more than 49% as the Government needs huge amount of money to create new infrastructure in Railways etc.
He informed the Trade Union leaders that, his government does not want any strikes in banking sector and initiates bipartite settlement soon. Replying the doubts raised by LPF and BMS on Nokia issue of Chennai , he said that ,the Government will take a serious note on this issue and try to save the Industry as the govt wants to protect jobs of thousands of people.
The Meeting was chaired by Finance Minister Sri Arun Jaitely. The Minister of State for Finance ,Sri Jayanth Sinha,; Chief Economic Advisor Sri Aravind Subramanyam ; Secretaries of Revenue , Expenditure ,Financial Services , Labour along with Senior officials participated in this meeting . From, Trade Union side representatives’ of all the 12 Central Trade Unions participated. Ms Panuda Boonpala, Director I/c of ILO Delhi was the Special Invitee for these consultations.
The consultation process was by BMS All India General Secretary Sri Virjesh Upadhyaya. He said all the 11 Central Trade Unions together submitting a joint memorandum on all common issues. He strongly criticised the policy adopted with regard to Contract Labour and accused that, Central Government itself is biggest defaulter. He covered different areas and informed the august audience that, unrest among labour is increasing. In his address he raised the following issues—
Budgetary support to various Social Security schemes also allocating more than Rs 1000 crores to SS fund under UOS workers Social Security Act.
Convergence of All Medical Schemes / Benefits into One Scheme particularly for the benefit of unorganised Sector workers has to be made.
Hike the Honorarium to Scheme workers. Regularise Anganwadi workers & Helpers Adopt policy of “Ease of living “not “ease of business”.
Increase the purchasing power of common man so that product of manufacturing sector can be consumed.
Revival of Sugar Industry.
Regularise all contract workers working in Perennial nature of Jobs.
While doing allocations priority should be given to Agro based industries and rural economy.
Utilise surplus land lying with government for creation of jobs also utilise Railway land to grow oil seed trees as it has promised earlier.
Change policy towards sick PSUs. Revive the PSU which have some scope.
The enclosed attachment will give the details of BMS view points and demands.
The other leaders who attended the meeting
are-B.Surendran,BMS; MQ Zama, INTUC; KK
Tiwary ,INTUC ; DL Sachdeva,AITUC; MD
Tyagi ,HMS; Tapan Sen,CITU; RK
Sharma,AIUTUC; Jyothi & Manali ,SEWA;
Santosh Roy ,UTUC; Shanmugam ,LPF; Ashok
Ghosh ,AIUTUC and Deepak Jaiswal ,NFITU.
The meeting went on in a cordial atmosphere. It also helped to bridge the gulf between Trade Unions and the Government