Hundreds of members of various trade unions, including women, were arrested after they staged a road blockade, pressing for a charter of demands, including efforts to keep the price rise of essential commodities under check.

The protest was led by deputy general secretary of Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) R. Karumalayan. The members raised slogans demanding social security for workers in the unorganised sector.

The State and the Centre should give up the move to disinvest their shares in the public sector units and the minimum wages should be fixed at Rs. 10,000 a month.

The agitators were opposed to the new pension scheme. They also protested against foreign direct investment in retail sector. The arrested members were later released.

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