Representatives of various Government organisations and unorganised sectors have appealed to the employees and workers unions to participate in the nation-wide strike, proposed on February 28.

About 11 central unions and many state organisations are extending support for the proposed general strike, being observed against the anti-workers and people's policies being implemented by the State and Central Governments.

The staff of AP Anganwadi Workers and Helpers Union, Centre of Indian Trade Union (CITU), City Industrial Workers Union, Communist Party of India, UCCRI (M-L), Andhra Pradesh Mid-Day Meals Scheme Workers Union, various teachers, APSRTC, BSNL, Insurance, Banks, Traders Associations, Vijayawada Chamber of Commerce and Industry, NGOs, Electricity, hotel workers, construction and auto drivers union, shops and other unions extended support for the bandh.

Meetings

The union leaders met the workers in industries on Sunday, took out rallies at several places, organised meetings and enlightened the workers on increasing privatisation, insecurity among the workmen and the poor implementation of Labour and Industrial Acts, causing loss to the employees.

CITU city president R. Ajay Kumar has said the government which was encouraging corporate companies by giving subsidies in some crores of rupees is not implementing the Labour Acts, due to which the workers are not getting the ESI, PF, Medical and other benefits.

City Industrial Workers Union president M.V. Prabhakar said due to lengthy power cuts many industries are on the verge of closure and some thousands of workers will loose jobs to the power shut down.

Centre's failures

The Centre which failed to prevent corruption and misuse of public money was harassing the workers and employees with the anti-workers policies, said the leaders.

Rally

The protestors will take out a rally from Ratham Centre to Sub-collector's office on February 28 morning demanding the Government to stop privatisation, regularise the eligible staff in all sectors, provide all benefits for unorganised sector workers and other demands.

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