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Trade unions' 20 point agenda includes Rs 18,000 minimum wage, social security cover

The convention has listed 20 demands from the government for the members of the trade unions across the country. 

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New Delhi Published on: December 31, 2018 21:46 IST
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The trade unions have also demanded a minimum monthly wage of Rs 18,000 for Aanganwadi, Asha and Mid Day Meal workers across the country 

Minimum wage of Rs 18,000 and universal social security cover are among 20 demands listed the agenda finalised by the national convention of trade unions. 

The agenda, which called for universal social security coverage for all workers in the country through the retirement fund body EPFO and Employees' State Insurance Corporation, was approved on Monday at the national convention of the Confederation of Central Trade Unions (CONCENT), according to a statement.

What is CONCENT? 

CONCENT is a joint front of the RSS-affiliate Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh; a faction of the Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC); the Trade Union Coordination Centre; and the National Federation of Indian Trade Unions (NFITU).

What is their demand? 

The convention has listed 20 demands from the government for the members of the trade unions across the country. Some of the demands include: 

#Universal social security coverage for all workers in the country through the retirement fund body EPFO and Employees' State Insurance Corporation.

#A minimum monthly wage of Rs 18,000 for Aanganwadi, Asha and Mid Day Meal workers across the country with indexation and status of government employees. They should be paid a minimum monthly wage of Rs 18,000 till these workers become government employees.

#The front also demanded that all the contractual employees should be paid at par with the regular employees as guided by the apex court. 

#All types of pension should have government subsidy at par with the central contributory scheme.

#Increase the payment of gratuity from 15 days pay per year of service to 30 days pay and bring more workers under its ambit by reducing the threshold of five year minimum service to one year.

#The front has also demanded for representation of labourers and farmers in government think-tank Niti Aayog and withdrawal of the provision of fixed-term employment rule from labour laws.

#It is also against the disinvestment of public sector under takings and foreign direct investment here. 

(With inputs from PTI)

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