They were protesting against delay in disbursal of pension
Construction workers, affiliated to the All India Trade Union Congress, observed a fast near the railway station here on Thursday in protest against the alleged delays in the disbursal of pension through the welfare board set for them.
N. Sekar, district secretary of AITUC, said almost 5,000 construction workers in the State were yet to receive pensions even after completing the stipulated age of 60 years.
“The authorities are attributing delays in renewing the memberships as a trivial reason for not disbursing superannuation benefits,” he added.
Some of the workers complained that they were not getting pension from the welfare board even after they produced necessary certificates to substantiate that their names were not among the beneficiaries of ‘old age pension’ scheme of the State Government.
The workers appealed for government intervention at the earliest to help them get the pension as quickly as possible.