Dear Sunil Gupta,
As you may be aware, the National Campaign
Committee for Unorganised Sector Workers (NCC-USW)
plans to organise a Mass Rally to Parliament
on May 5, 2005, to demand the enactment of comprehensive
and implementable legislation to provide social
security and welfare measures for the country's
37 crore unorganised sector workers. Despite
comprising 93 percent of India's productive
workforce, these workers have so far been kept
out of the purview of all labour laws and protections.
In an era when the gains made by organized
sector workers through years of valiant struggle
are being rapidly eroded, and large numbers
are being pushed out into the unorganized sector,
we believe that it is of strategic importance
to raise the demand for protection for all workers.
Recognising your vital role in furthering the
interests of the working class, I appeal to
you to join the Campaign and Rally. A Reception
Committee for the rally has been formed under
my Chairmanship which include eminent people
from Delhi. A Solidarity Committee is being
formed of eminent persons from outside Delhi.
I would request you to kindly give your consent
to being a member of the Solidarity Committee.
Your presence would be a source of considerable
support to us. Should you wish to nominate one
or two other members of your organization to
the Solidarity Committee, we would welcome their
presence as well.
We believe that the Rally and the signature
campaign on a Petition to Parliament will give
a thrust to the process of enactment of legislation
for the benefit of unorganized workers. Since
the Ministry of Labour is currently engaged
in the task of appointing a drafting committee
for such legislation, our intervention at this
juncture could lead to a positive outcome.
Consensus on the issue of legislation among
the Central Trade Unions, unions of different
sections of the unorganized sector and other
concerned organizations, and their joint participation
in the signature campaign and Rally, will strengthen
the case of the unorganized sector workers.
Kindly communicate to me or to the campaign
coordinators, your consent to be a member of
the Solidarity Committee by e-mail or telephone
so that we can publish the names of members
of the committee and call a meeting. Shri V.P.
Singh, former Prime Minister has already given
his consent to address the rally on Unorganized
Sector Workers at Delhi on 5th May 2005.
A copy of the petition to the Petitions Committee
of the Parliament is enclosed with this circular.
You are requested to start a signature campaign
on the petition and to also help in collecting
financial contributions for the rally. Contribution
by cheque can be made as payable to 'National
Campaign Committee for Unorganized Sector Workers'.
Thanking you for your cooperation,