Cement workers threaten indefinite stir, India

Cement workers threaten indefinite stir, India
Published: 07 October 2004

Leading trade unions of the cement industry today threatened to go on an indefinite strike from November 19, if manufacturers do not revise the workers’ wages.

The Labour Ministry has invited Cement Manufacturers’ Association (CMA) and central trade unions for reconciliatory meeting here today on wage revision of workers, INTUC leader N Nanjappan, told PTI here on Wednesday.

Joint Chief Labour Commissioner G C Majhee, has called CMA along with Indian National Cement Workers Federation affiliated to the INTUC, Akhil Bharatiya Cement Mazdoor Sangh of the BMS, All India Cement Workers Federation of AITUC, Centre of Indian Trade Unions, and Hind Mazdoor Sabha for the meeting,

Nanjappan said the unions had submitted a Joint Charter of 40 demands to CMA on March 3, 2004, well before the expiry of the previous national level wage settlement date of March 31, 2004.

"When there was no positive response from CMA, an All India Joint Convention of Cement Workers was held in Delhi on September 19, where it was decided to issue notice of strike effective from November 19 if the settlement is not reached," he said.

Under these circumstances, the Labour Ministry has stepped in and called for a reconciliatory meeting tomorrow.