BPMS Clarifies its stand on strike called by CTU’s on 8/Jan/2020.
REF: BPMS! AIDEF- INDWF! Strike! 185(8/1/R)
The General Secretary
Subject: In relation to proposed Strike of 8th Jan 2020.
Your Joint letter (No. 01/2019 dated 02.12.2019) on the subject matter has been received whereby Bharatiya Pratiraksha Mazdoor Sangh has been requested to participate in the proposed Strike of 08th Jan 2020.
In this relation, it is worth to mention here that this Strike has been called by Central Trade Unions comprised of AITUC, CITU, HMS, INTUC, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, LPF, UTUC etc and AIDEF is affiliated to AITUC, CITU, HMS jointly and INDWF is affiliated to INTUC. BMS possesses No. 1 position among Central Trade Unions with respect to membership and BPMS is an Industrial Unit of BMS. BMS is not involved in the decision of proposed Strike of 8th Jan 2020.
Further, your kind attention is drawn to the meeting held on 25/09/2018 at Mayur Bhawan, Kolkata wherein Strike of 23-25 Jan 2019 in defence establishments was decided to be held by the three federations. We had also decided in the meeting that we would not participate in any Strike invoked by Central Trade Unions. That’s why we did not participate in the Strike of 08-09 Jan 2019 called by Central Trade Unions.
BPMS is of the belief that Strike is the last option under Trade Union movements. We held the Strikes from 23 Jan 2019 to 25 Jan 2019 and 20 Aug 2019 and 25 Aug 2019 against the Central Govt. to redress the grievances of employees. We are well acquainted with the facts as to how it was made possible to avert the proposed corporatization of Ordnance Factories.
Of Late, we have succeeded in resolving the various issues of employees like dispensation of condition of NAC for grant of HRA, Regularization of CLTS in OFB, Benefit of Entry Pay, ACP issue of Medical Assistant, Pay up-gradation of Lab technician, Issue of CDRA etc. However, there are lot of pending issues to be resolved.
In national convention of 30 Sep 2019, Central Trade Unions decided to hold Strike of 08 Jan 2020 on the subject of Minority’s Issues, National Register of Citizenship of
India- NCR and Abrogation of Article 370 etc. It is crystal clear that the proposed Strike of 08 Jan 2020 called by Central Trade Unions is political in nature. BPMS is politically unbiased and believes in the ideology of Responsive Co-operation.
Though INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU etc are participating in the Strike, however, Railway, having highest number of Govt employees and dominated by these Central Trade Unions, have no possibility of holding of Strike. Hence, it is not reasonable/ appropriate to hold Strike only in defence establishments amongst all Govt departments. Anti-establishment policies for defence installations, long pending departmental grievances and loss occurred/ will occur in attempt of making Strike successful should also have been assessed.
Instead of above circumstances and even being a part of responsible federation, you have decided to participate in the Strike and requested to BPMS to participate in the Strike.
Even there exit many contradictions, it has been decided by the BPMS after a long contemplation that BPMS will not oppose the Strike of 08 Jan 2020.