Church officials support million striking workers

September 5, 2016 by  
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New Delhi, September 5, 2016: The Indian bishops’ office supported a 24-hour-long labor strike conducted by trade unions Sept. 2 that demanded better wages and opposed the central government’s “anti-labor” policies.

The national shutdown was the second such strike called by labor unions affiliated with communist parties and the opposition Congress party which oppose the labor polices of Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi’s government.

“It is a genuine and positive step and the church supports the strike,” Father Jaison Vadassery, secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India’s office for labor told on the day of the strike.

Father Vadassery said the church backs the strike because “we are also advocating a minimum wage and social security” which is currently not available to all sections of the workforce.

“It looks like that the Modi government is pro-capitalistic and not interested in promoting or protecting the interest of the labor,” Father Vadassery said.

This year’s strike was supported of 180 million workers, more than the 140 million that participated in last year’s event, trade union leaders said.

– ucan

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