‘Delhi Chalo’: Thousands of Workers to March to Parliament Against Modi Govt’s Anti-Labour Policies
“A country runs on workers' toil. But the country’s working class neither gets respect for their labour nor do they make their ends meet with their wage."
The Mazdoor Adhikar Sangharsh Abhiyan (MASA) has organised a workers’ march from Ramlila Maidan to Parliament Street on March 3, against the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government’s attempts to weaken the labour laws and privatise the public sector.
The main demands of MASA include the abolition of the contract system and creation of permanent jobs; action against privatisation of the public sector; setting a minimum wage of Rs 25,000 for all workers; social security for unorganised sector workers; right to unionise. “A country runs on workers’ toil. But the country’s working class neither gets respect for their labour nor do they make their ends meet with their wage,” the organisers said.
The workers will also protest against the massive layoffs over the past four-and-a-half years and demand that the government guarantees and delivers upon the rights to shelter, free education and health.
MASA is a joint platform of struggling workers’ organisations and trade unions from across the country. Over 13 such bodies, including Indian Center of Trade Unions, All India Workers’ Council, Federation of Trade Unions, will participate in the Chalo Delhi rally.