Moneycontrol PRO
Open App
you are here: HomeNewsIndia

BMS to approach Opposition MPs for help against amendments in labour laws

The BMS has also decided to organise massive contact programmes to educate workers on the changes brought about in different fields

May 28, 2020 / 02:33 PM IST
Representative image

Representative image

RSS-backed trade union Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) has decided to approach MPs of opposition parties to put pressure on BJP-led governments at the Centre and various states to revoke amendments in labour law, The Hindu Business Line has reported.

This has come after the trade union received no response from the central and state governments on recent anti-worker labour law amendments, said the report.

In a meeting of the national office-bearers, state general secretaries and federation general secretaries of the BMS, chaired by president CK Saji Narayanan, it was decided that the union will approach all Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha members on five key issues. These include the pathetic condition of migrant workers, huge job losses, refusal to pay wages, unilateral suspension of labour laws and increase of working time to 12 hours, apart from unbridled privatisation, the report stated.

In the meeting, participants expressed anguish against the state governments of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat for not withdrawing the “anti-worker ordinances suspending labour laws” as well as the 15 state governments for increasing working time to 12 hours a day, BMS’ General Secretary Virjesh Upadhyay was quoted as saying.

After the meeting, Narayanan told the publication that a detailed memorandum will be submitted to each Member of Parliament, irrespective of the party they belong to.


COVID-19 Vaccine

Frequently Asked Questions

View more
How does a vaccine work?

A vaccine works by mimicking a natural infection. A vaccine not only induces immune response to protect people from any future COVID-19 infection, but also helps quickly build herd immunity to put an end to the pandemic. Herd immunity occurs when a sufficient percentage of a population becomes immune to a disease, making the spread of disease from person to person unlikely. The good news is that SARS-CoV-2 virus has been fairly stable, which increases the viability of a vaccine.

How many types of vaccines are there?

There are broadly four types of vaccine — one, a vaccine based on the whole virus (this could be either inactivated, or an attenuated [weakened] virus vaccine); two, a non-replicating viral vector vaccine that uses a benign virus as vector that carries the antigen of SARS-CoV; three, nucleic-acid vaccines that have genetic material like DNA and RNA of antigens like spike protein given to a person, helping human cells decode genetic material and produce the vaccine; and four, protein subunit vaccine wherein the recombinant proteins of SARS-COV-2 along with an adjuvant (booster) is given as a vaccine.

What does it take to develop a vaccine of this kind?

Vaccine development is a long, complex process. Unlike drugs that are given to people with a diseased, vaccines are given to healthy people and also vulnerable sections such as children, pregnant women and the elderly. So rigorous tests are compulsory. History says that the fastest time it took to develop a vaccine is five years, but it usually takes double or sometimes triple that time.

View more

The district-level leaders of the union will meet MPs even if they belong to Congress or Left parties to press their agenda, said Narayanan, adding that the step is in the national interest.

“Workers are going through severe distress. Job and wage losses will have huge repercussions on the national economy,” he said.

The BMS has also decided to organise massive contact programmes to educate workers on the changes brought in different fields related to organised and unorganised workers, said the report.

It will start help desks to assist contract workers, particularly in big industrial areas, PSUs and government sectors as well as agricultural workers, daily wage workers, self-employed workers, etc., throughout the country, added the report.
Moneycontrol News
first published: May 28, 2020 02:33 pm
ISO 27001 - BSI Assurance Mark