Two days ahead of the nationwide strike on 26 November called by trade unions, some street vendors showed their solidarity and took to the streets at Khuman Lampak, Imphal on Tuesday.
Accusing the Centre of pursuing anti-labour policies, Joint Action Committee of Central Trade Unions have called for the nationwide general strike on November 26. The strike will begin from 6 am and end at 6 pm of the same day.
In Manipur, the state unit of Coordinating Body of Trade Union had already announced enforcement of the general strike in the state too with the support of various like-minded unions.
Today’s protest was staged under the aegis of Panthoibi Street Vendors’ Union, a body of street vendors at Khuman Lampak area of Imphal city.
AITUC Manipur unit General Secretary L Sotinkumar and other leaders of the unit also took part in the protest.
Talking to reporters, Sotinkumar informed that the union has completed all preparations to make the general strike a success in the state.
Asserting that the November 26 general strike-call is being made in protest “against anti-farmers bills and anti-labour policies” of the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre, he claimed that many unions based in the state have extended support to the proposed strike.
L Sotinkumar alleged that the Central government has been implementing various policies and laws against the interest of the farmers and labour section of the society.
The Central trade union has given the nationwide strike in protest against the laws and policies introduced by the Centre which are anti-people and anti-land in nature, he said.
The strike-call is being given despite knowing the suffering of the people due to the COVID-19 pandemic with the sole purpose of protecting the interest of farmers and working class people.
Reiterating the demands of the Central trade union, he said the Central government should withdraw anti-farmer and anti-labour bills recently passed by the Parliament.