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COVID-19: Kerala reports 7,482 new cases

Kerala reported 23 deaths in the last 24 hours. Active cases in the state stand at 93,291.
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| 22 October, 2020, 08:30 PM IST | E-Paper
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    Trade unions call for nationwide strike to protest government policies on November 26

    The convention called upon the working class to organise joint state/ district/ industry/sectoral level conventions, physically wherever possible, online otherwise, before the end of October 2020; to conduct an extensive campaign on the adverse impact of the labour codes on the workers down to the grassroots level up to mid-November and for the one-day countrywide general strike on November 26, 2020.

    • Attendance of workers fell to 20% in Coal India and 17% at Singareni Collieries Company Ltd but executives attended office. “Production and despatches at many mines of CIL subsidiaries including Mahanadi Coalfields, Central Coalfields and Bharat Coking Coal were affected due to the strike while some mines of Eastern Coalfields were operational,”.

      CITU has urged government to see that the private business, along with PSUs ensure protection of jobs, earnings and social security benefits both for their regular workers as well as the contract and casual workers in the face of ongoing down-sizing and even shut-downs.

      New Delhi, Aug 26 () Trade unions on Wednesday urged Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan to reconsider the proposed privatisation of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL).

      On 9th August, the 'Quit India Day' should be observed as 'Save India Day' through countrywide stayagraha, jail bharo or any other form of militant agitations in all workplaces, industrial centres, district headquarters and rural areas, the joint statement by 10 central trade unions said.

      Manufacturers are implementing measures such as temperature checks, mandatory wearing of masks, smaller shift groups and social distancing, industrial associations said.

      "This will affect financially the mass of the populace, the superannuated, income-less several crores of senior citizens in particular who survive mainly on the meager return on their savings," Tapan Sen, general secretary of CITU said in a statement.

      In the memorandum, the unions have reiterated their opposition to disinvestment, saying that privatisation of public-sector enterprises like Air India, and opening up of sectors like railway, defence, port and dock, coal, banks, insurance, space science & atomic energy were steps in favour of corporates to usurp natural resources and business of the country.

      "All these IT multinational companies have been earning huge profits and there is no reason to retrench employees. The firing operations are being taken up on the pretexts of ‘growth plans', ‘restructuring', ‘role rationalisation' etc, which are nothing but measures to maximise their profits at the cost of employees," CITU said in a statement.

      The lockdown-triggered joblessness has forced a reverse migration of thousands of guest workers from Tamil Nadu resulting in the workforce across various sectors in the state dwindling, with the construction industry in particular bearing the brunt of the modern day exodus.

      CEO N P Singh Rana said the shutdown is only temporary and the company will resume operations once it is able to raise about Rs 50 crore by selling surplus land.

      "CITU strongly urges that the government's move to repeal the Inter State Migrant Workmen (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Services) Act 1979 through the Occupation Safety Health & Working Conditions Code (OSHWC) 2019 must be abandoned forthwith," CITU secretary general Tapan Sen said in a letter written to PM on Monday.

      The 25-year-old Ghosh, president of the JNU Students' Union (JNUSU), is arguably the most recognised student leader in the country at present.

      Worker's festival bonus is likely to come up as a major issue of conflict in the labour intensive tea plantation sector. While financially hit workers will press harder for higher bonus, accepting that will be too tough for the planters, equal victims of the pandemic situation.

      The Managing Director of Muthoot Finance company was injured after miscreants allegedly pelted his vehicle with stones here on Tuesday morning.

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