An All India Workers Convention was organised by various trade unions, workers’ organisations and federations in Malvankar Hall in Delhi on 28th September 2018.
Representatives of trade unions associated with the different sectors of the economy including defense, banking, insurance, railways, road transport, water transport, post, ports, oil, energy, telecom, mines, steel, coal and heavy engineering, enthusiastically participated in the convention. Besides this, representatives of Anganwadi and ASHA workers’ unions also participated.
Numerous unions including AITUC, CITU, Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS), AIUTUC, INTUC, TUCC, AICCTU, UTUC, LPF, SEWA, and Mazdoor Ekta Committee participated in the convention.
The entire venue of the convention, Malvankar Hall was decorated with red banner and flags. The hall was jam packed with the representatives of various trade unions and organisations.
Addressing the convention, speakers from all the trade unions unequivocally condemned the privatization, liberalization and globalization programme of the capitalist class. As a result of this programme, all the public assets of the country are being rapidly privatized including public sector banks and insurance companies, railways, defense production enterprises, mines, power, telecom, electronics, road, water and air transport, ports, and postal services. This had led to a serious crisis which the government is trying to push on to the backs of working class and peasants, and intensifying its attack on the rights of people and their livelihood.
However the working class is resolutely standing firm and united against these concerted attacks by the capitalist class. They are repeatedly coming on to the streets against the anti-worker, anti-peasant, anti-people, and anti-national policies and intensifying their struggle. On 9th-10th-11th November 2017 they organised a Maha Padaav against the increasing attacks on their rights and livelihood. On 17th January 2018 scheme workers of the government organised an all India strike. Later they organized strike actions and protest demonstrations in almost every state across the country starting from 23rd January till 13th February 2018. The speakers proudly recalled the successful all India strike organised on 2nd September 2015 and again on 5th September 2016.
The speakers at the convention included – Com Amarjeet Kaur from AITUC, Com Tapan Sen from CITU, Harbajan Singh Siddhu from HMS, Com Satyavan from AIUTUC, Com G Deverajan from TUCC, Rajeev Dimri from AICCTU, Com Ashok Ghosh from UTUC, Com K Natrajan from LPF, Sonia George from SEWA, Com Shi Gopal Mishra from NFIR, and others.
The convention concluded with the resolve to organise an all-India strike action on 8th-9th January in support of the following demands of the working class: end to contract labour system, equal pay and facilities for equal work, a minimum wage of Rs 18000/- per month, ending the ceiling on bonus and EPF, increasing the amount of gratuity, universal pension scheme covering all working people, registration of trade union in any workplace within 45 days of application, ratification and implementation of all the conventions and proposal of International Labour Organisation made in 1987 and 1998, stop anti-worker amendments to the labour laws. As preparation for the all India strike, the convention resolved to take following measures:
- October-November 2018: Organising joint conventions at State, District, and industry/sector levels.
- November-December 2018: Organising joint meetings and rallies at industry/ sector level.
- 17th-22nd December 2018: Organising demonstrations and issuing notice for the All India Strike.