NON-REGULAR AND CONTRACTUAL WORKERS HAVE RECORDED A HISTORIC SUCCESS IN TODAY'S STRIKE IN EVERY CORNER OF WEST BENGAL.
At the call of various trade unions including CITU, AITUC, UTUC, 12th July Committee and other federations, part-time, non-regular and contractual workers participated in the strike with a zeal and spontaneity which has exceeded the expectation of even the organisers. This movement was the first of its kind, solely on the demand of the non-regular employees of all Central, State, Undertaken, different service sectors, private and aided departments and offices in the state.
During last couple of months, the preparation for the strike was maximum. Due to serious efforts and sincerity of our comrades, the initial fumbling and weaknesses were shaken off. In our department, relentless campaigning was floored through Working Committee meetings, General Body meetings, street corners, gathering at the heart of the city, rally to submit memorandum to the Labour Commissioner etc.
These efforts resulted in a unique strike today. Departmental employees also expressed solidarity through stay-in demonstration in support of the demand of non-regular employees from 12 PM to 4 PM.
Today's program will be regarded as a memorable event in the history of the Trade Union movement in India. We would invite the attention of our comrades to two aspects of the strike. Firstly, INTUC declared to support this strike, therefore INTUC-affiliated organisations in West Bengal merely remained idle visitors to the strike, while activists belonging to one particular newly formed orgnisation, highlighted heavily by media for bringing about 'changes' around us, campaigned against the program. Secondly, most of the electronic media, as usual, covered the news from the point of view of suffering of common people and staffs, without expressing any consideration or sympathetic comment on the issues of the non-regular employees. Evidently, these organisations and media are only playing their parts from their class outlooks, there is no hiding.
WE ARE PROUD OF OUR COMRADES. RED SALUTE .