LIC employees body opposes attack on labour laws

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, May 15: LIC employees under the banner of Northern Zone Insurance Employees’ Association Srinagar Division have strongly opoposed attack on labour laws being adopted by various states and the UT of J&K.
The meeting was presided over by Dinesh Kumar Sharma, vice president of the Association. Speaking on the occasion, Pawan Gupta, Divisional Secretary said that the frontline Corona warriors observed All India Demands Day on 14 May 2020 as per the call of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU). They demanded adequate safety measures for the frontline Corona warriors including protection of the labour laws which are under attack today.
The Northern Zone Insurance Employees’ Association (NZIEA) Srinagar Division extended solidarity with the demands of the frontline workers and reiterated its support to the thousands of corona warriors toiling day in and day out for the protection of the country and its people. The COVID-19 pandemic has already taken a heavy toll in terms of loss of lives and livelihoods.
According to reports, more than 500 doctors, nurses and paramedics across the country have already been infected. A large number of police personnel and journalists have also been affected. Workers in the unorganised sector have been the worst sufferers. The Government should immediately provide safety gears to these workers. Adequate insurance coverage be provided to these frontline workers and their family members.
“It is matter of serious concern that now instead of attending to the genuine needs and concerns of the working people in India, the Government has mounted a savage attack on the hard-earned rights of the workers through wholesale changes in protective labour laws. The Government has now allowed a 12-hour working day. The Uttar Pradesh Government has issued an ordinance exempting existing and new industries from the purview of labour laws for three years. The Madhya Pradesh Government has exempted new businesses from labour laws for a thousand days. The COVID-19 induced crisis is now being utilised to promote the interests of capital at the expense of labour,” the trade unionist said.
While expressing its strongest opposition to the anti-worker policies of the Government, NZIEA Srinagar Division demanded adequate safety measures for the frontline workers and requested the President of India not to give his consent to any of the anti-worker ordinances.

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