09012019-JTR-01.qxd 1/9/2019 12:52 AM Page 1 c m y b WEDNESDAY | 9 JANUARY 2019 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Auto drivers protest These ‘baggers’ are choosers A little secret Auto services remained affected due to the two-day nationwide strike. P2 A diamond may not have lost its sparkle yet, but guess what’s contending its status as a woman’s best friend? P3 Since Bigg Boss 12 has ended, fans have already moved on to the edgy reality show, Khatron Ke Khiladi 9. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 18°C MIN 3°C | YESTERDAY MAX 18°C MIN 2°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 5.48 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 7.28 AM Workers’ unions protest govt policies LIC, bank unions oppose Members of employee associations protest privatisation in front of bus stand verted into well-structured schools, he added. She said the workers should be included in the Health Department as they took care of children before their births and Integrated Child Development Department should be separately made for anganwadi workers. Ajay Joshi Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 8 Hundreds of workers of various employees associations on Tuesday gathered in front of the bus stand here against privatisation policies of the Central government as well as ‘negligence’ by the state government towards their demands. Among the protesters were workers of the Punjab Chandigarh Medical and Sales Representatives Union (PCMSRU), state anganwadi workers, Punjab Roadways Workers Union and workers under the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU). Comrade Shiv Awasthi, general secretary of the PCMSRU union, said, “The Punjab Government is not declaring eight-hour notification for the medical representatives (MRs), hence a majority of pharma companies are forcing MRs to work for 12-14 hours a day, without overtime wages and the Labour Department is doing nothing in this regard. Also, the work category of MRs is not revised to highly skilled workers, despite assurances by the Labour Department.” He added that pharmaceutical companies were not following the SPE Act-1976 and the Punjab Government was mum on the subject. Raising anti-Modi slogans and condemning the BJP government’s policies, CITU workers said the government was just playing with their future as neither minimum wages policy was implemented in different fields of work nor included in the government department. Expressing the sorrow against the state government, anganwadi workers leader Krishna Kumari demanded that as per the No privatisation of electricity Workers under the aegis of Trade Union Centre of India during their protest outside the bus stand; (below) members of the Council of Junior Engineers, Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB), hold a protest at the head office in Jalandhar on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: MALKIAT SINGH new school enrolment policy of the Education Department, children between the age group three-six years have been taken away from the anganwadi schools and have been sent to pre-primary schools. Therefore, they have asked the Education Minister to send back the children and instead anganwadi schools be con- Teacher unions want Edu Secy to put in his papers Distressed over loan, farmer commits suicide To hold state-level protest on January 20 in Amritsar Our Correspondent Our Correspondent Jalandhar, January 8 Teachers recruited under the programme of alternative inclusive education (AIE), special trainers (STR) and education guarantee scheme (EGS), members of education provider groups, computer teachers union, SSA/RMSA and 5178 Master Cadre Union, among other contractual and government teachers, plan to hold a statelevel protest outside the residence of Punjab Education Minister OP Soni on January 20 in Amritsar. The decision was taken after a meeting conducted by the representatives of different unions on January 6. The teachers demanded the withdrawal of the recent transfer policy along with the resignation of Education Secretary Krishan Kumar for misleading the Chief Minister over their long-pending demand of regularisation of services and better salaries. The teachers said the government had failed to keep its pre-poll promise of granting a meeting to listen to their grievances and issuing a cabinet notification on their demands. Members of the merger, seek more staff ‘Govt has failed to keep its pre-poll promise’ ■ Teachers said the government had failed to keep its pre-poll promise of granting a meeting to listen to their grievances and issuing a cabinet notification on their demands. Members of the SGS/AIE/STR Teachers Unions said they were serving for the past 14 years and were seeking the regularisation of service and also because they were drawing a monthly salary of a paltry Rs 5,000 per month. ■ A government teacher from Moga, Jaswinder Sidhu, declared he would hand over his resignation letter to the Education Minister on January 20 saying the Congress government has failed to recognise the contribution of teachers and had also failed to provide them with adequate salaries. . SGS/AIE/STR Teachers Unions said they were serving for the past 14 years and were seeking the regularisation of service and also because they were drawing a monthly salary of a paltry Rs 5,000 per month. Members of the Master Cadre Union said, “Teachers associated with our organisation had cleared their TET examination in 2011 and were hired in 2014 at a monthly salary of Rs 6,000. The Education Department had asked for their files for regularisation of services in November 2017, but nothing concrete has emerged so far.” A government teacher from Moga, Jaswinder Sidhu, declared he would hand over his resignation letter to the Education Minister on January 20 saying the Congress government has failed to recognise the contribution of teachers and had also failed to provide them with adequate salaries. The ‘antiteacher’ policies and the adamant attitude of the government was not allowing the teachers to continue in their profession, they alleged. They complained that before the elections, the Chief Minister and Finance Minister Manpreet Badal had promised that a notification on their demands shall be passed in the first Cabinet meeting. But nothing has been done in this regard. Due to this apathy, they were forced to take up other parttime jobs, they alleged. Garhshankar (Hoshiarpur), January 8 Being disturbed over the loss of pea crop, inability to pay loan and disease of cattle, a farmer Sheetal Singh (55), a resident of Sadhowal village, committed suicide by hanging with a rope Sheetal Singh noose with the roof at cattle shed on Birampur road. According to the family, Sheetal Singh took the extreme step due to the money borrowed for his daughter’s marriage and money borrowed from relatives to send her son abroad. The police have recorded the proceedings based on the statement of deceased’s son Sukhwinder Singh. Sheetal Singh’s son said his father had taken a loan for Rs four lakh from Punjab Grameen Bank and borrowed Rs 2 lakh for sending his younger son Karanveer Singh abroad. The police said the body of the deceased would be handed over to the family after autopsy. c m y b To press for the demands of electricity consumers, employees and engineers, the Council of Junior Engineers, Punjab State Electricity Board, and members under the National Coordination Committee of Electricity Engineers and Employees (NCCOEEE) also organised a strike against the Central government for its proposal to further amend Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2014. Considering the amendment an anti-people legislation law, Raj Kumar Chowdhary, a council member, said, the Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2014 sought to extend privatisation to the distribution of electricity, and consequently, to snatch the right to electricity of the poor. As a result, a large number of private companies entered power generation even as transmission and distribution remained with the state governments, he added. Moreover, the Bill also introduces multiple supply licensees who would be supplying electricity, so private owners would be competing over selling power. Therefore, the NCCOEEE convention also demanded that natural energy resources should not be transferred to private hands. Besides, the engineers demanded equal wage for equal work and pending regularisation of all contractual/casual workers. LIC workers and bank employees hold a protest rally at the LIC office in Jalandhar on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 8 In favour of their demands, a large number of employees from various departments went on a strike here on Tuesday. A joint rally was held in front of the LIC office. A call for a nationwide strike has been given by central trade unions and independent federation of employees. The protestors also raised slogans against the government and accused it of forming antiworker policies. Addressing the rally, Amrit Lal, chairman, Punjab Bank Employees’ Federation, said around 20 crore workers and employees had gone on the strike against “anti-worker and anti-national policies” of the government, including unilateral labour law reforms, privatisation of public sector entities and policies encouraging contract work. He said the Call for a nationwide strike ■ A joint rally was held in front of the LIC office. A call for a nationwide strike has been given by central trade unions and independent federation of employees. The protestors also raised slogans against the government and accused it of forming anti-worker policies. ■ Addressing the rally, Amrit Lal, chairman, Punjab Bank Employees’ Federation, said around 20 crore workers and employees had gone on strike against “anti-worker and anti-national policies” of the government, including unilateral labour law reforms, privatisation of public sector entities and policies encouraging contract work. He said the banks did not function due to the strike. . banks did not function due to the strike. LIC and banks unions are opposing the merger of banks and demanding wage revision, restoration of old pension scheme and fresh recruitment of staff. Surjit Ram, a union member, said the minimum wage of workers should be enhanced to ~18,000 and ~6,000 as pension should be ensured for all workers. In the morning, factory workers observed a strike and blocked the main entrance of the Focal Point. They did not allow anyone to enter the area. Rajesh Thapa, general secretary of the All India Trade Union Congress (INTUC) said there were many workers and labourers, who worked in factories in the city. “The minimum wage of ~18,000 is a long-pending demand of workers. Daily wage should be ~600 per day. Besides, the MNREGA scheme is not implemented properly as neither the workers are getting work under it nor they are receiving any money,” Thapa added. Punbus staff strike hits transport service Ajay Joshi Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 8 Passengers had a harrowing time today at the bus stand as most of the state-owned buses remained off road for two hours. The contractual employees union of the Punbus observed a statelevel chakka jam here to press the state transport minister for meeting their long-pending demands. Following the chakka jam, a large section of workers had taken part in the rally, raising slogans against the ‘antiworker’ policies of the state government and the Punjab Roadways. The bus stand was closed down for two hours in the morning — between 8 am and 10 am. Due to the strike, the protesters did not allow the buses to move for two hours. The passengers found it hard to find buses for their destination as they did not have any clue as to where to get the buses Also, during the protest rally, the employees warned the state government that they would intensify their protests if the government was not ready to meet their demands soon. Regularisation of the services of contractual workers, recruitment of more workforce, including drivers and conductors, equal pay for equal work, promotion for the deserving workers and a ban on private buses plying illegally without permits, Members of the Punjab Roadways Contractual Employees Union protest at the gate of Punjab Roadways Depot in Jalandhar on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH permanent service to the Punbus contractual workers without any condition and Rs 10 lakh in compensation along with a job to any of the family members of the employee who had lost his life during service, were the main demands of the protesting workers. “Workers offering their services under the contractual system are being exploited and their services are not being regularised despite repeated demands,” said Jasbir Singh, general secretary of the union. Besides, the workers said they wanted either their services to be made permanent or salaries to be on a par with that of the permanent employees. The union members also condemned the state government for ‘weakening’ the state transport system to benefit their own transport companies. They wanted the Punjab Government to change its attitude towards the contractual employees and consider their demands on a priority basis. They also threatened to intensify their protest if the government failed to accept their demands. The workers and unions have also urged the government to do away with the system of imposing accident claims on bus drivers. Last year, the unions had submitted a letter of demand to the state government regarding the implementation of the guidelines of the Supreme Court on equal wages for equal work. In the demand letter, the unions had urged the government to implement the Punjab and Haryana High Court order of making the services of temporary workers permanent.
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