On the 5th of Sept 2020 protests were held by IFTU in several parts of the country asserting that Workers Lives Matter and focusing on demanding revocation of circular on premature retirement, Rs. 10,000 per month for six months for every person who is not employed with minimum wage or more, No to Privatization of Railways and PSUs, demanding payment of wages for lockdown period and withdrawal of all changes in labour laws, especially withdrawal of the four Codes the Central Govt. is pushing through.
Workers collected together at various spots, raised slogans, held up posters and where allowed held rallies. Protests were held in several centres in West Bengal including India Jute, Mohan Biscuits, Dalhousie Jute, Rishra in Hoogly, in Kolkata and Burdwan among others.
In Andhra Pradesh several centres held protests including in Vijaywada, Vishakhapatnam Srikakulam, West Godavari (Eluru) and others. Several centres in Telengana including Hyderabad, Pedapalli in Godavari Khani and other centres held protests.
Protest meetings were held in Delhi in Okhla and Mayapuri Industrial areas, Rajasthani Camp and Hyderpur. In Punjab protests were organized at Nawan Shahr and other centres.
IFTU will continue to organize the workers to fight back the attacks on the working class.
Aparna B. Pradeep
President Gen. Secretary
National Committee IFTU
September 6, 2020