Detailing general strike called by 11 central trade unions on January 8 and 9 as ‘politically motivated,’ BMS national organising secretary B. Surendran expressed on Monday that they were strongly opposing the call for a strike.
He expressed BMS with a membership of 1.73 crores through 5,300 affiliated unions as per 2011 figures campaigned for people support not to support the bandh.
He expressed that the feedback to 12-point charter demands submitted by the joint action committee of trade unions, in which BMS was a member till a year and a half ago, from the Union government, was quite positive. They have seven demands to fulfil including, enhance bonus, raising the ceiling on bonus, increase gratuity ceiling from Rs. 10 lakh to Rs. 20 lakh, increase minimum wages from 42 to 43% based on different categories. He pointed out.
Mr Surendran expressed the Centre had also increased honorarium for Anganwadi workers from Rs. 3,000 to Rs. 4,500.
“This is the Centre’s share and the States can give the additional amount as their share,” he noted.