Hundreds of members of various trade unions staged a road roko in front of the Railway Station demanding the Centre to bring under control inflation.

The protestors also demanded a national corpus fund for the benefit of unorganised sector workers and a guaranteed pension for all. Among their demands was an amendment for ensuring Rs.10,000 minimum wages for all.

The Centre of Indian Trade Union State president, R. Singaravelu, led the protest in which functionaries of the Indian National Trade Union Congress, K. Muniyandi, the All India Trade Union Congress, S. Dinakaramohan, the Hindu Mazdoor Sangh, R. Kesavan, the Labour Progressive Front, Sarkarai N. Bose, and the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, Rajkumar, were among those who participated.

Hundreds of protestors were arrested when they tried to proceed to the railway station.

Southern Railway Mazdoor Union staged a demonstration in front of the railway divisional office demanding withdrawal of new pension scheme implemented for the employees who joined the services after January 1,2004.

The protest, led by divisional secretary of the union Loco Running Staff wing said, V. Ram Kumar, demanded that the bonus should be paid without ceiling. They opposed incorporating any amendment to the present Labour Laws.

The union divisional secretary, J.F. Rafi, said every year new trains were being introduced, but the workforce have come down in the last 10 years. Over 17,000 posts were lying vacant in Southern Railway.

Thirty out of 110 porters, who were absorbed as railway employees, have resigned their jobs and returned to work as porters, as they felt that job of porter was better than railway job, he said.

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