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West Bengal Government employees stage a demonstration at the Secretariat building in Kolkata on Thursday against the Supreme Court ruling that bans Government staff from taking part in strikes. AFP
Kolkata, Aug. 7. The West Bengal Government employees, cutting across ideological affiliations, and activists of the ruling CPI(M) today marched through the streets across the State to protest against the Supreme Court ruling against strikes by Government employees.
Employees belonging both to the left and right-leaning unions demonstrated at the Writers' Buildings, the high seat of State administration, as hundreds of CPI(M) activists took out processions in Kolkata and elsewhere in the State.
In the metropolis, Marxist supporters took out processions with a central rally where senior party leaders were critical of the apex court ruling. The Labour Minister and senior CPI(M) leader, Md. Amin, told reporters at the Writers' Buildings that the right of employees to strike could not be taken away 'by anyone'.
``The working class has obtained this right through movements and will protect this right in the same manner,'' Mr. Amin said.
Protestors held rallies at places to demand protection of `the right of employees to strike'.
The call for `protest day' was given by the CPI(M) State secretariat yesterday.
The former West Bengal Chief Minister, Jyoti Basu, today came out in support of the striking employees, saying the ``State Government employees have the right to strike''.
``The West Bengal Government has already given the Government employees the right to strike by amending the British Act,'' Mr. Basu said.
``When States like Tamil Nadu are taking away the right to strike from their employees, the West Bengal Government has allowed its employees the right to resort to strike,'' Mr. Basu said. PTI, UNI
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