Covid warriors: ASHA workers on 2-day strikeAugust 06, 2020 17:36
ASHA workers in Karnataka. File pic
A joint platform of scheme workers under programmes like Anganwadi, ASHA, and national health mission on Thursday gave a call for a two-day nationwide strike from Friday to press for better service conditions and benefits. The platform affiliated to ten central trade unions will also join 'Jail Bharo Satyagraha' call, a statement said.
"The unions and federations of scheme workers (anganwadi, ASHA, Mid-Day Meal, NHM, Samagra Sikksha etc) affiliated to the central trade unions (INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, LPF, UTUC) will go on two days strike on August 7-8, 2020," the joint statement by ten central trade unions said.
Scheme workers, who are among frontline workers in the fight against COVID-19, are forced to take this step after four months of the outbreak of the pandemic and the lockdown because none of the minimum requirements for them safety, insurance and risk allowance- is provided by the government, the unions charged.
Many of the workers have died due to coronavirus during this period and even their monthly wages are not paid for months together, the unions claimed. They asked the government to clear all pending dues of wages and allowances etc of all scheme workers immediately