Workers in Kolar district on Tuesday joined a nation-wide call given by the Joint Committee of Trade Unions (JCTU) by striking work and taking out rallies.

Coming together under the umbrella of the district unit of the JCTU, Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU)-led outfits of anagnwadi, gram panchayat, bisiyoota workers, municipality workers and construction and painters took out a procession in the town raising slogans against the alleged failure of the Union and State Governments in checking spiralling prices of essential commodities. Representatives of State Government, Postal and BSNL employees also joined the protest.

Some educational institutions in the town declared a holiday following the strike.

Addressing the protesters, who staged a dharna in front of the Deputy Commissioner's office here, CITU district president Gandhinagar Narayanswamy said that it was a shame on the part of Members of Parliament, who, cutting across party affiliations, excepting the Left, “fought unitedly” to get their salaries and allowances hiked while the common people are reeling under the burden of price rise.

“These people's representatives do not bother about the miseries of the working classes in general and the unorganised sector in particular. Poor people are neglected by the United Progressive Alliance Government at the Centre,” Mr. Narayanswamy said.

Receiving a memorandum, Deputy Commissioner N. Prabhakar said that he will call a meeting of officials concerned to discuss the issues of gram panchayat and local body workers.

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