Friday, July 17, 2020

"I'm Shocked": Mamata Banerjee On Air India's Leave Without Pay Move

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday condemned the decision to send some Air India workers on leave for five years without pay. "I am shocked," the West Bengal chief minister said and accused the Centre and the BJP of taking advantage of the pandemic situation to change laws without consultation. "Whatever suits them to maintain dictatorship, they are doing," she said.
Reviving her protest against 100 per cent FDI in Coal India - India's coal PSU headquarters are in Kolkata - Ms Banerjee said, "Aren't there labour laws? Do you want to bulldoze all employees? No pay for five years in this situation? Farmers, migrants, government employees they all are asking for food and money. Cash, because they have none.  Economists are saying give cash to people. But you are snatching their service? You should be ashamed."

Referring to the five year term of unpaid leave, Ms Banerjee voiced her suspicion that it had something to do with general elections five years from now. "Five years they will go on leave? What about elections in five years. I appeal to unions...even the BJP one....I appeal, stay together, fight together. Is this the work of a democratic government? Everything is lost."
16/07/20 Monideepa Banerjie/NDTV
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