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10 main commerce unions boycott pre-budget assembly with Sitharaman

New Delhi, Nov 28 Ten main commerce unions of the nation, together with the AITUC, INTUC, CITU, HMS, LPF, SEWA and AIUTUC amongst others, on Monday boycotted their pre-budget consultations with Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, citing lack of correct time given to them to place forth their calls for earlier than the Centre.

In a letter to Sitharaman on November 25, the unions had threatened to boycott the assembly after the Finance Ministry allotted them the minutes every to place throughout their views earlier than the Minister.

They’d termed the time slot of three minutes allotted for every union to forth their finances calls for as a “low-cost joke”.

The unions had additionally sought a bodily assembly with the finance minister with a view to focus on their varied calls for intimately.

The Ministry had organized for a gathering by way of video conferencing.

An INTUC chief stated that the ten unions boycotted at the moment’s assembly and that the Finance Ministry had referred to as them to guarantee that they might be told a couple of contemporary time slot for a gathering with Sitharaman at a later date.

The ten unions have additionally sought an elevated finances allocation for MGNREGA and giving employees beneath the scheme’s ambit the standing of presidency staff and paying them minimal wages.

They’ve additionally requested the Minister to extend taxes on corporates and introduce wealth tax.

In the meantime, Sitharaman met RSS-backed Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh and representatives of business our bodies like FICCI and CII, in addition to the CEO of Nationwide Talent Improvement Council amongst others, to carry pre-budget consultations on Monday.

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