BMS representatives meet Prime Minister
Extend social security to unorganised sector employees
Strongly condemning the growing hire-and-fire system in private sector, the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) has demanded a comprehensive legislation for extending social security to employees of the unorganised sector and that the government should clarify its stand on this issue in the forthcoming budget. ?The rampant use of contract labour in production sector must be stopped through stern measures. Low wages, insecurity in service, absence of social security are such issues that need to be done away with,? said the BMS leaders led by Girish Awasthi, Deputy General Secretary, urging the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh. They also told the Prime Minister to retain the chapter V(B) of the I.D. Act 1947, which provides for legal protection to labour in the event of closure of factories and in times of retrenchment.
The BMS also requested the Prime Minister for India´s withdrawal from the WTO, which, it said, functions to enhance the interests of the affluent and developed countries and to help them search new markets in the Third World countries. The BMS delegation advised the government to form a parallel WTO of developing countries. It also reiterated its demand to exempt personal income up to Rs 2 lakh from income-tax and do away with filing of returns for salaried employees in case of no refund. Urging the Prime Minister to lift the ban on recruitment so as to give a fillip to employment opportunities, the BMS representatives demanded the immediate withdrawal of the price hike on LPG cylinders and putting on hold the privatisation of Delhi and Mumbai airports.