National Strike 2013

Protests are organized where incidences of atrocity on workers and in case of major accidents.

On Februray 20th and 21st 2013, all the important and leading Trade Unions such as INTUC, BMS, AITUC, CITU, HMS, AIUTUC, TUCC, AICCTU, LPF and all the industrial trade union federations and the Central and State Government Employee Federation, in a united voice, called for a national strike. The chief demands were concrete measures to contain the price rise and for the linkages of employment protection with the concession/incentive package offered to the entrepreneurs. In detail, they require an amendment of Minimum Wages Act, in order to ensure universal coverage, irrespective of the schedules and fixation of statutory minimum wage, of not less than Rs.10000 per month.

In 2012, for the first time in its history, GLU sent notices to the factory managements announcing the strike. Quite a number of factories responded to the notice and kept the factory closed on the strike day. But, there were factories, which were working. GLU created history by ensuring that even such factories stopped functioning and sent their employees out. This was because, the GLU activists focused more on such factories and pressurised them to close the factories.

As in 2012, even in 2013, GLU sent notices to all the factory managements and gave detailed information about the national strike much in advance. This time the factories who received the notices responded and closed the factories for the National Strike on February 20th and 21st 2013. The fact that all the company groups in the Peenya and Mysore, which were issued with the notices closed the factories on this day, is a matter of pride and an indicator of success of GLU’s organising efforts. More than 12000 pamphlets were distributed in the areas of Mysore Road, Peenya Industrial Area and Yesvanthpur Industrial suburb. As a result, a lot of phone calls poured in from the garment workers. This indicates that the workers understood the importance of the strike and responded to the national strike by boycotting work on that day.