Persatuan Sahabat Wanita (Friends of Women Organisation) is a women workers' support group began in 1984. We first started working with plantation workers, electronic workers and domestic workers from way back then.
Monday, 5 March 2012
Resurgence of Indian Labour: General strike a great success
More than 100 million workers joined the strike The biggest ever, the countrywide general strike on February 28, 2012,
sponsored by eleven major Central Trade Unions (CTUs), namely, AITUC,
CITU, INTUC, BMS, TUCC, UTUC, AICCTU, HMS, AIUTUC, LPF and SEWA and
independent federations supported by more than 5,000 smaller unions
across the country was a grand success. Key sectors of the Indian
economy such as banking, insurance, telecom, transport, mining, postal
and manufacturing was massively joined the strike.
The unprecedented unity shown by trade unions evoked massive response
from the workers. As per initial estimates, more than 100 million
workers all over the country – from Jammu & Kashmir in the north to
Tamil Nadu in the south, from Assam in the east to Gujarat in the west
participated in the strike opposing the anti worker and anti people
policies of the government. This General Strike, the fourteenth after
the advent of the neoliberal economic policies in our country is
significant because of the unprecedented unity of all the central trade
unions and the demands raised by them that reflected the concerns not
only of the workers but also of all sections of the toiling people.
Besides, joint campaigns at the state and lower levels were also
conducted this time on a wider scale. The joint campaign undertaken by
the central leadership of the trade unions inspired many independent and
state level trade unions to join the strike.