27 Nov 2022

Why 10 Central Trade Unions Have Decided To Boycott Virtual Pre-Budget Consultations With Nirmala Sitharaman

New Delhi: A joint forum of ten central trade unions has said they would stay away from the virtual pre-budget consultation with finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on November 28. They have demanded a physical meeting with reasonable time to speak.
Pre-budget consultation is an annual exercise under which representatives of different sectors give suggestions and make demands to be addressed through the Budget.
The ten trade unions which form the forum are INTUC, AITUC, TUCC, SEWA, HMS, CITU, AICCTU, LPF, AIUTUC and UTUC.
There are about a dozen central trade unions in the country, including Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS). The BMS is not part of the joint forum.

Each trade union will be permitted to speak for only five minutes

The forum said each central trade union will be permitted to speak for only five minutes. This is a joke and we will not take part in the proposed video conference on November 28, 2022.
In a letter to the finance ministry, the forum had jointly opposed a restricted video conference for pre-budget consultations despite complete easing of Covid restrictions.
The forum said only 75 minutes were allowed for consultation involving over 12 central trade unions.

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