05 September 2011

Join The September 6-8 Sit-In For Unorganised Sector Workers

About 22 independent unorganised sector unions in West Bengal are organising a dharna at Metro Channel, Kolkata from 6th to 8th September 2011 ending in a mass gathering on the 8th. The programme is in continuation of many demands that we have been raising collectively and as individual unions for the past many years. The aim is to focus public attention on the requirements of our sector and to draw the attention of the State Government to our demands. During the dharna, we will be meeting all senior officials and concerned ministers. Our collective demands are as follows:

  • Recognition and issuing of identity cards to all unorganised sector workers (including sex workers);
  • Fixation of minimum wage for all unorganised sector workers as per the norms of the 15th Indian Labour Conference, along with strict implementation of the Minimum Wages Act;
  • Provision of cheap food for all, starting with 7 kgs of rice per adult at Rs. 2 per kg;
  • Strict implementation of all provisions, especially 100 days of work, in the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, with expansion to a guarantee of 270 days of work for all rural and urban workers;
  • Inclusion of all unorganised sector workers, including workers of closed factories, as priority group or BPL in the 2011 Socioeconomic Survey
  • Stringent implementation of the Forest Rights Act (Scheduled Tribes and Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Rights) Act);
  • Permanent status for all contract workers employed in perennial jobs in the organised sector;
  • Recognition and extension of facilities available to all socially backward castes and tribes.

We invite you to join us on all three days and to extend support in all the ways that you can to our movement.

Looking forward to your support,

Asanghathit Kshetra Shramik Sangrami Manch, 4/1 Bhabanath Sen Street, Kolkata-700004. Ph. : 033-25435381, 9433264109,9433541628
Shramajivi Swikriti Manch,12/5 Nilmoni Mitra Street, Kolkata, West Bengal, India Pin: 700006 Ph.: 033- 25306619, 93319031529433993786

Names of members of the two platforms:

Bandi Mukti Committee, Binodini Shramik Union/Durbar Mahila Samannaya Committee, Durbar Disha Mahila Griha Shramik Samannaya Committee, Eastern Railway Constraction and Contract Majdoor Union, Hosiery Workers Unity Center, Jori Shilpi Kalyan Samity, Liquor Shop Employees Union,Mursidabad Biri Shramik Union, Paschim Banga Cha Bagicha Shramik Union, Paschim Banga Gramin Shramik Union, Paschim Banga Ganatantrik Majhi Samaj Jagaran Samity, Paschim Banga Khet Majoor Samity, PHE Water Supply Employees Union, Parichiti, Sangrami Shramik Mancha, Sara Bangla Truck Parichalak Sangram Samannaya Samity, Shramajivee Samannaya Committee, Shramajivee Mahila Samity, Sundarban Banadhikar Sangram Committee, Tehatta Biri Shramik Union, Uttar Dinajpur Sericulture Farm Workers Union, West Bengal Rural Workers Union and others

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