A convention of activists was held on 30 January 2013 in the Mavlankar auditorium by the United Workers Organisations of Delhi. The convention was organised in the context of the call given by the central trade unions to make the all India strike on 20-21 February a success. More than a thousand activists took part in this convention.
The all India strike has been called to press for a charter of 10 demands.
Unions connected with the various financial and service sectors, associations, federations and independent unions participated. Along with the employees of government bodies and public sector units, workers in banking, insurance, water works, Municipal Corporation, health, oil, post and telegraph department, state transport and rickshaws, auto-rickshaws, aanganwadi and hawkers participated in it.
At the outset, the Convention remembered in sorrow, the victim of the Delhi gang-rape and comrade Sohan Lal of CITU.
Addressing the Convention speakers declared that we cannot be limited to making economic demands; we have to come to the centre stage of politics. This strike would be historic. The preparation for the strike has been going on in Delhi. There is a round of joint discussions taking place in all the districts of Delhi. Joint meetings have already taken place between unions of service and financial sectors.
The Convention was addressed by Com Santosh Kumar from the Mazdoor Ekta Committee, B N Rai from the BMS, Rishi Pal from INTUC, Gurudas Das Gupta from AITUC, R A Mittal from Hind Mazdoor Sabha, Santosh Rai from AICCTU, PN Dwivedi from TUCC, Satyavan from AIUTUC, Vasudevan from CITU, and Abani Roy from UTUC.