Imperialists and Capitalists- STUM
14Oct 2014, Raipur- A one-day convention on the subject- ‘Modifications in Labour Laws and its
impact on Labour Class’ was organized under the banner of Sanyukta Trade Union Manch (STUM)
October 2014 at Malayalam Library, Sector-6 Bhilai. The main speaker at the convention
was Comrade. Sanjay Singhvi, General Secretary, Trade Union Center of India (TUCI). Other trade
union leaders present in the occasion were Com. Bharat Bhushan Pandey, Com. Sudha Bharadwaj,
Com. Kaladas Dehariya (CMM Mazdoor Karyakarta Samiti), Bheemrao Bagdey (CMM), C.R.Bakshi,
G.N.Singh, Vinod Soni (AITUC), Vijendra Tiwari (ACTU), Com. Surendra Mohanty (Ispat Shramik
Sangh), Ganesh Ram Chowdhary (CG Mazdoor Shramik Sangh), Com. Soura Yadav (CPI-ML), Com.
Nand Kashyap (CITU). Numerous labourers as well as delegates participated in the convention.
Speaking on the occasion Comrade. Sanjay Singhvi General Secretary (TUCI) said that the
government is incessantly imposing anti-people, neo-liberal policies in the name of so called ‘Good
Days’, ‘Come Make in India’ and ‘Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas’. In order to enhance the loot of labour
and natural resources, the existing labour laws are being modified and thus the government has
opened the doors for the multinational companies to establish a corporate raj in the country. Modi
government has proposed about 52 amendments, which has been already accepted by the cabinet
and will be soon passed in the Loksabha and Rajyasabha too. The important amendments which
will directly affect the labour, working class are-
1. Factory Act 1948 in which there is provision for safety and security for the workers,
2. Industrial Dispute Act 1947,
3. Contract Workers Act 1970,
4. Apprenticeship Act 1961
5. Labour Act 1988 and Overtime act etc.
The government is conspiring to amend and discontinue these hard earned rights of the working
labour class thus making them slaves to the hands of multinational companies, corporates and the
capitalists. There are not only a few amending proposals but there are many, which are intended
to suppress the innocent working people of the country. He emphasized on the unity of working
class as well as the trade unions in order to fight extensively against the anti-people people
policies. He called upon all the organizations and masses to unite in thousands of numbers against
the devastating policies and to hit the roads for a nationwide strike on 5th
Comrade. Sudha Bharadwaj said that the ongoing changes and amendments are not in the favor
of the laborers and the working class. The overtime period is being increased to 100 hours, thus
the subject of 8 hours duty is going to be knocked out. Women workers will be forced to work
in the night shifts, thus oppressing them too. The tradition of maintaining registers is now being
stopped. The small factory act is being introduced where the factory owner will not be held
responsible for any kind of accident occurring in the factory where there are less than 40 workers.
Neither any action will be taken against the factory. Thus there is a complete planning to oppress
and suppress the toiling masses.
C.R.Bakshi (AITUC) condemning the Modi government said that the amendments which the
government is going to do is a matter of grave concern. The government is explicitly attacking
the labour class. Comrade Janaklal Thakur, President (CMM) said that the neo-liberal policies are
being imposed on the common massed from the time of Atal Bihari Bajpeyi rule, and the Modi
Govt. has just extended their work openly and broadly. Thus, Modi led BJP government is bent
upon devastating the country by enforcing the imperialistic globalization policies. These policies
will do no good to the nation and is leading it to a path of destruction.
Com. J.N.Singh, Bharat Bhushan Pandey, Mridul Sengupta, J.P.Nayar, Bheemrao Bagdey, Com.
Soura Yadav, Vijendra Tiwari, Ganesh ram Chowdhary, Vinod soni and Com. Nand Kashyap also
expressed their views on the forceful amendments of labour laws in interest of the capitalist and
In the second part of the convention, an executive committee was formed which includes all the
main leaders of various organizations inorder to successfully execute the strike on 5th
2014 against the increasing attack and oppression on the labour class, dalits, peasants, workers
and women. The martyrs were remembered and tributes were paid to them in the program.
The convention was steered by Com. Kaladas Dehariya which ended with the presentation of
The Editor, Bharat Bhushan Pandey
……………………………… Vice President (TUCI)