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Ministers meet trade union representatives to explain government's stand on labour reforms

Trade unions are planning to launch a nationwide protest and even go on strike to protest against the NDA government’s recent moves to amend various labour laws for improving ease of doing business and boosting ‘Make in India’ programme.

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Last Updated: May 15, 2015, 11.16 PM IST
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NEW DELHI: Wary of a nationwide protest from trade unions against the series of labour reforms close to the government's first anniversary, three union ministers of the Narendra Modi government on Friday met a dozen trade unions to pacify them. The three union ministers included labour minister Bandaru Dattatreya, petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan and power minister Piyush Goyal.

Trade unions are planning to launch a nationwide protest and even go on strike to protest against the NDA government’s recent moves to amend various labour laws for improving ease of doing business and boosting ‘Make in India’ programme.

A decision to go on strike will be? taken by the Unions on their convention scheduled on May 26, coinciding with the one year of Modi government in power. Trade unions have been resisting several changes made to the existing labour laws besides attempting to introduce new laws saying that the government is rushing through bills like Industrial Relations Code, Small Factories and Employees’ Provident Fund in the name of ease of doing business and boosting ‘Make in India’ programme.”

During the meeting, the trade unions once again raised their long pending 10-point agenda which included demands like government steps to deal with issues like price rise, unemployment, universal social security cover for workers and disinvestment of public sector undertakings.

The meeting was attended by BJP-backed Bharatiya Mazdoor Singh, the Indian National Trade Union Congress, All India Trade Union Congress, Hind Mazdoor Sabha, Centre of Indian Trade Unions, All India United Trade Union Centre, All India Central Council of Trade Unions, Trade Union Coordination Committee (TUCC), United Trade Union Congress (UTUC), Self-Employed Women’s Association of India (SEWA) and Labour Progressive Federation (LPF).
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