Labour Plight Pathetic

<br>SHALIGRAM JAMMAR KATTEL

May 1, 2011, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol. : 04 No.-21 April 29-2011 (Baisakh 16,2068)

What is the present situation of labourers in Nepal?
Their situation is very pathetic from every angle: social, economic, andpolitical. A recent report of ADB also states so. Many industries have been shut down while others are economically critical. This has a
direct effect on the labourers.


What about the clashes over the trade unions among yourparty members of late? Won't that worsen the labour market situation?
The main problem of Nepal is about the transformation of the state. The clash among the party members was due to misunderstanding of ideologies. The problem has now been solved. Yet we have many things
to sort out but that won't hamper the commoners and the industry.


Was the clash of the trade unions seen in your party an effect of the ideological differences of the three biggies?
Well I don't think so. Our party has solved the problem and those kinds of incidents won't happen in the coming days. Those hooligans were small groups, not of All Nepal Trade Union Federation (ANTUF) and
even the party itself has taken a decision that All Nepal Trade Union Federation (ANTUF) is the only legal union.


Is the trade union movement in Nepal politically motivated rather than working for the welfare of the labourers?
Yes it true. All parties of Nepal have their respective trade unions.Trade union movements in Nepal are guided by the parties to fulfill their demands. Similarly most of the labourers have their own political affiliations. Hence, this creates disputes.

 

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