Rights of the Working People
The CPI(M) will uncompromisingly struggle for:
A central legislation for agricultural workers to
protect the basic rights which should include:
· guaranteed minimum wages;
· pension and other social benefits;
· provision of homestead lands;
· equal wages for equal work for women agricultural
· provision of workmens compensation
The CPI (M) will fight for:
· Revival of sick units, halt privatisation
of profitable public sector units, revival of sick
public sector units by a suitable package of measures
including reorienting the government policy on tax-concession,
order-placement, credit, etc., in that direction.
· Rejecting the retrograde recommendations
of the Report of the Second National Commission on
Labour aimed at vesting the employers with the right
to hire and fire to the detriment of the
interests of the workers.
· Rescinding the notification issued by the
government adding a new classification of fixed
term employment workman under the Model Standing
Order Rules, a concept which will wipe out permanency
in all jobs even in the organised sector.
· Provision of need-based minimum wage for
workers, revision of the statutory minimum wages in
that direction with the provision of automatic linkage
of the emoluments with price index. Restoration of
interest rate in Provident Fund.
· Rejuvenating the enforcement machinery of
labour laws and social security legislations and suitable
amendments in the laws to provide for stringent punishment
for violation and expanding their coverage.
· Comprehensive legislation for the workers
in the unorganised sector and home-based workers to
govern their service condition, job-security, grievance-redressal
and social security benefit adequately financed by
budgetary allocation by the government.
· Recognition of trade unions through secret
ballot and protection of trade union rights and right
to collective bargaining by a truly representative
· Effective scheme for workers' participation
in management in both public and private sector.
Protect the Right to Strike
· Safeguarding the right to organise, collective
bargaining and the right to strike for all workers,
including government employees, by legislation adopted
in Parliament to annul the Supreme Court judgement
· India should ratify the International Labour
Organisation convention 151 which accords government
employees the rights which other citizens enjoy, subject
to their administrative responsibilities.
The CPI(M) commits in policy and practice to fight
for womens rights in every sphere at a time
when women face the worst assault on their rights.
· While holding the NDA government squarely
responsible for the shameful failure to pass the Womens
Reservation Bill the CPI(M) pledges to continue its
firm support for one-third reservation for women in
the legislatures and to work for its passage in the
· It also supports the important amendments
to the Domestic Violence Bill moved by womens
organisations and will work for its passage. It will
also work for the adoption of laws against sexual
harassment and child abuse.
· The CPI(M) supports a huge expansion in employment
opportunities for women in the organised sector and
in rural areas with equal wages; it will fight all
attempts to remove protective legislation for women
in the name of labour reform; it supports legislation
for unorganised sector workers including home-based
workers and domestic workers.
· It demands implementation of joint pattas
for women in all land distributed including housing
plots given in urban areas by government and special
schemes for female headed households.
· The state should provide credit at low rates
of interest to self-help groups and assistance to
market their products.
· Condemning female foeticide and the alarming
decrease in sex ratios, the CPI(M) pledges to strengthen
existing laws against female feoticide, implement
them and support social campaigns in favour of the
girl child. It will strongly oppose any coercive population
control measures or the promotion of hazardous contraceptives
· The CPI(M) advocates equal rights for women
of all communities. It demands compulsory registration
of marriages. Eradication of the practice of dowry
as a national mission.
· It also stands for a comprehensive media
policy to check the growing trend of commodification
· Universalisation of child care services;
all children upto 6 years should be in anganwadis.
· Prohibition of child labour and enforcing
rights of children subject to such exploitation.