MASSIVE PARTICIPATION OF WORKERS IN THE MARCH TO PARLIAMENT ON 12TH DECEMBER 2013
Around four lakh workers from across the country participated in the massive MARCH TO PARLIAMENT on 12th December 2013. There were flags/banners of all colours, from all parts of the country, from all unions and associations indicating the representation of the whole working class.
The rally started from Ramlila Maidan at 10.30 am and the workers were still reaching the venue of the meeting near Parliament till 1.30 noon. The march, organised by the Central Trade Unions along with independent federations and associations witnessed a huge participation of women who came in big numbers, carrying their luggage on head, clutching kids in arms and walking on the streets shouting slogans.
No to reforms, Control price-rise, Universalise public distribution system, Create more jobs, Enforce labour laws, provide universal social security cover for all workers, Provide minimum wages of Rs 10,000, Stop contractualisation of jobs, and Stop Privatisation of public sector were among the major demands raised by the workers all along the rally.
Around 2000 insurance employees joined this historic rally. While insurance employees across the country participated in the rally, Delhi I/Delhi II/Delhi III, Chandigarh, Rohtak, Karnal, Kanpur, Lucknow, Aligarh, Allahabad, and Meerut units of AIIEA contributed to major mobilization of the employees. Coms. K. Venu Gopal, P. Bagchee, J Gurumurthy, RC Sharma, A.K. Bhatnagar, M. Kunhikrishnan, Jayant Mukherjee, Clement Xavier Das, Ashok Tewari, Sanjeev Sharma, and NK Pachauri, were among the leadership of the AIIEA who led the delegation of AIIEA in the rally.
The mammoth rally which culminated at the Parliament Street was addressed by Com. Tapan Sen, CITU, Com. Gurudas Dasgupta, AITUC, and senior leaders from BMS, INTUC, HMS and other Central Trade Unions. In the evening the leaders of central trade unions met the Prime Minister and apprised him of the major demands of the workers.
In fine the March to Parliament on 12th December 2013, sent a clarion call to the workers across the country that the working class demands a change in the policies in their favour and not a mere change in the government.