No production days at firms, layoffs: Maharashtra Labour unions plan protests in September

At the labour unions’ meeting in Nashik. (Express Photo)IN AN indication of the spreading worry about the industrial slowdown, major labour unions affiliated to CPI(M), Shiv Sena and MNS, as well independent unions, gathered in Nashik last Saturday, resolving to hold protests in every district of Maharashtra to demand protection from retrenchment and layoffs as…

No production days at firms, layoffs: Maharashtra Labour unions plan protests in September

At the labour unions’ meeting in Nashik. (Express Photo)IN AN indication of the spreading worry about the industrial slowdown, major labour unions affiliated to CPI(M), Shiv Sena and MNS, as well independent unions, gathered in Nashik last Saturday, resolving to hold protests in every district of Maharashtra to demand protection from retrenchment and layoffs as well as scrapping of the proposed labour laws.
The unions plan to hold the protests in the districts between September 15 to 20. They would also hold a state-level protest, demanding the government’s intervention in providing minimum wages to the labourers who have lost their jobs.
National vice-president of CPI(M)-affiliated Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), D L Karad, told The Indian Express that “more than 10,000 workers”, mostly on contracts, have lost their jobs in Nashik district in the last three months. Many companies are also observing “stoppage of work” or “no production days” between one to 10 days every month since June.
According to the records of the labour department, 2,042 factories employ 1.15 lakh people in Nashik district.
Representatives of CITU, All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), Sena-affiliated Bharatiya Kamgar Sena, independent Rashtriya Shramik Ekta Mahasangh, the MNS labour wing and Bosch Employees Union attended the meeting.
Karad, while addressing a gathering of 200 representatives of unions from Mumbai, Pune, Nashik and Aurangabad, maintained that thousands of contractual workers have been asked
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