SSN Launches signature campaign on non-targeted, non discriminatory universal social security, September 30, 2010


SSN Launched a signature campaign on non-targeted, non discriminatory universal social security on September 30, 2010 in a public meeting held at Dadar, Mumbai. The meeting was addressed by Shati Patel, freedom fighter and ex-mayor of Mumbai; Ulka Mahajan, Eminent Social Activist and Convenor, NAPM; Raju Bhise, YUVA; Vinay Kumar, NCDHR-NFDLRM; and J John, CEC. On a day when India, especially Mumbai, came to a standstill due to the Ayodhya verdict, over 400 people participated in the meeting, majority of whom were women.

The signature campaign demands comprehensive amendments be made to the Unorganised Workers’ Social Security Act (UWSSA) 2008; non-targeted, non-discriminatory universal social security to be provided by the state for all people living or working in India as a basic right; social security should ensure health care, protection of child rights, disability benefits, maternity benefits, accident and medical care, unemployment benefits, old age pension and livelihood loss compensation, social security should address among other things the social inclusion of dalits, non-displacement of adivasis, housing and land rights of dalits, adivasis and women, vulnerabilities of migrants and recognition of unpaid work of women; 6 per cent of the GDP for non-targeted, non-discriminatory universal social security as all people living and working in India have the right over the wealth collectively produced, stop privatization of social security benefits, ensure economic justice by ensuring living wage to all which is need-based not less than the wage of the lowest paid employee of the central government as defined by the Pay Commission and the Indian Labour Conference (ILC), with periodic revision, ensure that all workers in all work situations must enjoy core labour rights with defined and regulated employment and ensure that identification of recipients should be simple and friendly and not obstructive and exclusionary.


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