This is further to our circular dated 17th June'
2005 giving you a summary of the 5th May' 2005
Rally of Unorganised Sector Workers to Parliament
to submit the Petition of over one million workers
to the Petition Committee of Lok Sabha through
the Speaker and other related meetings. We had
also informed you about the Rozgar Adhikar Yatra.
Only a few constituents of NCC-USW could participate
in the Rozgar Adhikar Yatra at Bhopal, Nagpur
and at the Jan Munch on Employment Guarantee
Act at Delhi on 2nd July 2005. If the Bill is
not presented in the Parliament by mid August,
then the Peoples Action for EGA will plan to
organize dharna/ hunger strike before the Parliament.
1. National Advisory Councils
Draft Unorganised Sector Workers Social Security
A twelve page outline of the above proposal
with seven chapters and 34 sections is available
on the NAC website under - Communications to
Government for comments. It is soon likely to
be available on the website of the Ministry
of Labour, Govt. of India. On behalf of NCC-USW.
Sh. T. S. Sankaran is preparing a detailed note
on the background of Social Security Legislation
for Unorganised Sector Workers. Soon this will
be available for circulation.
We urgently need to mobilize
nationwide consensus on a Comprehensive Central
Legislation to provide Social Security and Labour
Welfare to the 37 crores of Unorganised Sector
Workers. NCC-USW had prepared a Proposal Bill
after nationwide discussion during 2004-05 and
the same was submitted to the Prime Minister
by Justice V.R. K. Iyer along with his letter
of 13th May 2005.
During January and March this
year, the National Centre of Labour (NCL) organised
two National Consultations at Delhi to finalize
a Comprehensive Bill for the workers in the
Unorganised Sector. At the first meeting during
12th - 13th Jan' 2005, the NCL Bill was discussed
and NCC-USW Bill was also circulated. At this
meeting, an Expert Committee was formed to merge
these two bills and this Committee meet at Chennai
on 22nd - 23rd Feb' 2005. The second Consultation
on 2nd and 3rd Mar' 2005 at Delhi was to finalize
the main concepts and the Expert Committee was
to meet again at Chennai to finalize the merging
of the two Bills. This meeting, however, could
not be held. Instead, a Draft Bill finalized
at Delhi was submitted to the Labour Minister
on 4th March 2005.
Similarly, SEWA had also prepared
a Bill for Unorganised Sector Workers which
we had already discussed at the earlier meetings
of NCC-USW. We had a preliminary meeting with
Ms. Renana Jhabawala and agreed to prepare for
a formal meeting with SEWA to plan a joint campaign
for a comprehensive Bill for Social Security
We regret that inspite of regular
meetings with the Central Trade Union Leaders
before the 5th May 2005 Rally, they jointly
decided to absent themselves from the Rally
and only HMS representatives participated in
the Rally. In subsequent meetings of the Sponsoring
Committee of Trade Unions and in the National
Convention on 9th July 2005, "the demand
for Comprehensive Legislation on service conditions
and Social Security for Unorganised Sector Workers
and Agricultural Workers with adequate funding
and effective monitoring" was given the
first place. The second place was given to"
demand suitable amend/ change the National Rural
Employment Guarantee Bill to ensure employment
guarantee to the rural and urban unemployed
with a time frame in line with commitment made
in National Common Minimum Programme".
We hope that our efforts of form unity with
all the Central Trade Unions will succeed before
our next national programme. We are sure that
our state level meetings will help in forming
the national level unity. .
2. State Meetings of Unorganised
i. In Karnataka two meetings of the Unorganised
Sector Workers were held on 9th July 2005 and
30th July 2005 at the initiative of NAPM. The
next meeting is to be held on 16th Aug 2005.
We request all constituents of NCC-USW and NCC-CL
in Karnataka to participate in the next meeting.
ii. In Tamilnadu, the
Unorganised Workers Federation will meet on
8th August 2005 from 10 am to 5 p.m. to discuss
the NAC Bill & Ministry of Labour Bill in
the meeting, the draft of NCC-USW draft Bill,
Tsunami work, and that General council to elect
the office bearers of the Unorganized Workers
Federation will also be discussed.
iii. In Kerala, SEWA
-Kerala is convening a meeting on 12th August
at Shikshak Bhawan near the Junction Railway
Station at Kochi, to discuss the three Bills
of Unorganised sector Workers. We request the
constituents of NCC-CL also to support the NCC
Unorganised Sector Worker meeting by participating
in the meeting. Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer has
been invited to this meeting and S. Bhatnagar,
Geetha R. both the coordinators of NCC-USW will
also participate in the Tamil Nadu meetings
of 8th August 2005, at Chennai and the Kerala
meeting on 12th August at Kochi.
3. People's Summit against
A People's Summit against Poverty is being organised
by Wada Na Todo Abhiyan on September 3rd - 4th
'2005 at Ramlila Ground, New Delhi. Around 10,000
National and International delegates are expected
to attend this summit from India and Asia. Events
planned for the two days include "Releasing
of a Shadow Report on MDGs' People's Summit
and Poverty Concert by A.R. Rehman. All the
NCC-USW who can participate in this Summit are
requested to confirm on or before August 13,
2005 to the Summit Secretariat, Gandhi Peace
Foundation, 221-223 Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Marg,
New Delhi-110002. Phone: 91-11- 23237491, 23237492.
(Email): firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com;
4. Appeal for Contribution
to meet the Expenses of 5th May 2005 Rally
Only a few people contacted us in response to
our Appeal for contribution to meet the deficit
of over two lakh rupees of 5th May Rally expenses.
We will now be sending individual appeals to
selected organizations to meet this deficit.
We request you once again to please contribute
as an organization and also on behalf of the
participants from your organization as much
as possible to meet this deficit, by Cheque/
DD in the name of "NATIONAL CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE
FOR UNORGANISED SECTOR WORKERS".
All the constituents are requested
to inform us of their campaign activities during
last month. We expect Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh,
Rajasthan and West Bengal to organize State
Committees and place for National Convention
in during next session of Parliament to seek
response to our Petition to the Petition Committee
of Parliament. A final decision on the National
Convention will be taken at the next meeting
of NCC-USW at Kochi on 12th Aug' 2005 with Justice
V.R. Krishna Iyer.