Scores of activists of the CITU-affiliated Andhra Pradesh Municipal workers and Employees Union on Tuesday began a 24-hour fast in front of the Municipal office to press their 18-point charter of demands including regularisation of services of contract workers.

The agitators, a majority of them women led by Prakasam district general secretary B. Venkat Rao, began their 24-hour protest at 11.00 a.m. demanding, among other things, a minimum monthly pay equal to that of the salary of class IV employees in State Government service (Rs. 7,100) as against less than Rs.4,000 paid at present.

The workers pressed for social security benefits, including pension and medical reimbursement for contract workers who had been working for over 10 years without regularisation of their services.

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