Why they went on strike?


Different trade union organisations including those operating in banks were on strike on 20th and 21st February’2013 pressing for their demands on various issues seeking resolution of their grievances pending for a long time. Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh, issued an appeal to call of the strike, of course without any tangibly positive assurance to the unions. The appeal so made was obviously unheeded. The public and the media both vehemently condemned the move on the grounds that it was an exercise to result into lot of problems and inconvenience to the people of the country in general. Some of them also said that the action as such was politically motivated and aimed at deliberately causing embarrassment to the ruling collusion government at the behest of the opposition. This is some thing far from the truth. Work was struck by the unions, true, but every protest or some other action can’t be construed as the one bucked up by the political parties in opposition. Unions have their own identities and are adult enough to decide as to what is there in their interest, and what is not. They don’t require any masters from the outside to direct any such movement. Why not take a view of the unions legitimate demands?. Every time they staged a protest or struck work in pursuance of their demands, they were given some kind of an assurance or the other to do the needful in the matter of their grievances, but it was nothing more than a political ritual forming a sheer bluff mongering. After all how long the unions can wait?. There is limit to every thing and so is there in regard to their patience. Patience over brimmed, they were left with no alternative but to resort to the action of strike. What else they could do?.

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16 thoughts on “Why they went on strike?”

  1. The press and the govt never listen to the general problem of the public. they the govt increasing the prices of every commodities, specially petrol, ,, and daily consume able and use able items ,milk,Atta, onions,etc., and if unions give call for the increase in the wages govt does not listen, what the unions should do to protect their rights . The old pensioners in seven approached to the govt , I.B.A. for the re addresal of their D.A. and increase in pension ,but no reply five out of seven have gone to the almighty, and their case in pending in the Delhi High court, , the press or the T.V. has never highlighted their problem ,The Press and The T.V. has never had any debate on the less D.A. paid to the old pensioners , specially the 7th bipartite pensioners (State Bank Of India pensioners)I request the press to open their eyes and listen to the general public, Loss to the nation is a loss to us and every human being..The P.M. and the F.M. must do justice with them.

    Rajkumarnegi

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    1. Well said, Negi. Thank you for the comment. I don’t know whether my acknowledgement to this comment of yours reaches you actually as several of them in the past have been returned as failure.

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  2. SIR, YOU ARE VERY CORRECT IN YOUR ASSESSMENT. EVERY TIME THE TRADE UNIONS GO ON STRIKE, THE PRESS, ELECTRONIC MEDIA, AND THE PUBLIC WOULD START CRITICISING AND BLAMING THE TRADE UNIONS TERMING THE STRIKE AS UNWARRANTED AND DEPLORABLE. YES, I AGREE THAT STRIKES ALWAYS INFLICT BIG LOSSES ON THE ECONOMY, ALREADY REELING UNDER THE IMPACT OF A SEVERE SLOW-DOWN, BESIDES CAUSING INCONVENIENCE TO GENERAL PUBLIC, BUT AS YOU HAVE VERY RIGHTLY SAID THAT THERE IS LIMIT TO EVERY THING INCLUDING PATIENCE, AND THE TRADE UNIONS WERE LEFT WITH NO ALTERNATIVE BUT TO RESORT TO THE ACTION OF STRIKE. GENERAL PUBLIC, PRESS AND MEDIA, THEY ALL FORGET THAT THE TRADE UNIONS HAVE BEEN FIGHTING FOR AND RAISING THEIR DEMANDS – STRETCHING FROM MEASURES TO CONTAIN PRICE RISE, ENSURE EMPLOYMENT GENERATION, STRICT ENFORCEMENT OF LABOUR LAWS, STOPPAGE OF DISINVESTMENT, ABOLITION OF CONTRACT LABOUR, REMOVAL OF CEILINGS ON BONUS PAYMENTS AND ASSURED PENSION ETC. – FOR QUITE A LONG TIME AND WERE DEMANDING FOR A PEACEFUL AND NEGOTIATED SETTLEMENT OF THESE ISSUES. THE GOVERNMENT, INSTEAD OF GIVING SOME TANGIBLE ASSURANCE OR HOLDING A DIALOGUE WITH THE REPRESENTATIVES OF TRADE UNIONS, PREFERRED TO KEEP MUM AND TURNED A DEAF EAR TO THEIR DEMANDS. HENCE THE TRADE UNIONS WERE FORCED TO GO ON 2 DAYS’ NATIONAL STRIKE.

    THE 2 DAYS’ NATIONAL STRIKE, CALL FOR WHICH WAS GIVEN BY 11 CENTRAL TRADE UNIONS, WAS THE BIGGEST EVENT INVOLVING ALMOST ALL THE LABOUR FORCE IN THE COUNTRY, IN THE LAST MANY YEARS.

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  3. Sir. This was a biggest strike and the employees reacted in their full spirit like a Jan Aandolan as seen against. Delhi gang rape as the confidence of the people in the government was shaken and lost. Increasing price rise seems to be unchecked making the life of common man quite miserable. The wage earners are common men. In some parts of the nation the agitation turned violent. It is sad. But it was the reflection of the anguish and anger of those any how getting a pittance of few hundred rupees as wages in big cities. It is quite terrible to imagine the plight of such people. Sir it is the country where the V.V.I.Ps are purchasing helicopters of such a heavy cost for which the President of USA could not dare to purchase on account of cost. Despite this high cost the V.V.I.Ps explored the avenues for kick backs/ ghoos of many thousand crores rupees. What a great and incredible country is ours! Sir nobody like massive strike causing inconvenience to commoners. You have been a most powerful trade union leader of this country having enormous might at your command but you always avoided strike and said that it should be a last resort. What is fated for this country only God knows. The media is interested in only covering masaledar news. They are not sailing with truth but selling the item news only.

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  4. Goverment is so insensitive to peoples aspirations.Common man is reeling under price rise of essential commodities.PM and FM are simply on lookers and they do not know what to do.Goverment is running on adhoc measures and people are inclined to beleive that this is their destiny.And our system is corrupt, inefficent and archaic.God alone can rescue us.

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  5. PERHAPS IT WAS THE FIRST OCCASION IN RECENT YEARS THAT BOTH THE FEDERATIONS OF WORKMEN AND OFFICERS IN STATE BANK OF INDIA JOINED THE STRIKE OF CENTRAL TRADE UNIONS,THE STATE BANK MANAGEMENT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS, AS THEY ARE TRYING TO DE UNIONIZE THE UNIONS WITH EVIL DESIGNED MOTIVES TO TERRORIZE THEIR RANK AND FILE.TO SOME EXTENT THE MANAGEMENT HAS SUCCEDED IN THEIR ATTEMT BUT THEY HAVE FAILED TO LEAN AWAY THEIR FAITH IN ASSOCIATION,
    THE SBI MANAGEMENT IS BUSY IN LOOTING THE BANK BY WAY OF INCENTIVES AND REWARDS CAMPAIGNS WHICH ARE MEANT MAINLY FOR THE MANAGEMENT FUNCTIONARIES FROM THE LEVEL OF AGM AND ABOVE.THEY ARE GETTING MORE THAN THE SALARY AS INCENTIVE (TAX FREE). THE SBI LIFE IS GIVING FREE HOLIDAY TRIP TO FOREIGN COUNTRIES TO THESE FUNCTIONARIES.
    NOW A NEW TYPE OF CORRUPTION HAS BEEN EVOLVED BY THE STATIONARY DEPTT. ANNUAL REPORTS R GOT PRINTED IN LACS MEANT FOR EACH EMPLOYEE WHICH ARE NOT AT ALL SENT TO THEM BUT THE VENDOR IS PAID IN FULL TOWARDS COST AND COURIER. THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY HAS COME TO AN END BUT THE DIARIES MEANT FOR STAFF (CENTRALIZED DES PATCH) HAS NOT BEEN RECEIVED IN THE BRANCHES, EARLIER THREE SEATER STEEL CHAIRS WERE SENT TO ALL BRANCHES AT THE COST OF HUGE TRANSPORTATION COST, WHEREAS THESE CHAIRS ARE AVAILABLE AT EACH DISTT,HQ AT CHEAPER RATES.SO MUCH SO THAT MANY A BRANCHES DO NOT HAVE THE SPACE TO PUT THESE CHAIRS YET THEY WERE SUPPLIED WITH. CHAIRMAN KA AGENDA JO THA.

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