The Sramika Mahila Coordination Committee (SMCC), affiliated to CITU, has called upon the women employees to wage a united struggle to solve the problems faced at the work place.

The SMCC organised its city meeting here on Sunday. On the occasion, SMCC State convener K. Dhanalakshmi said women were facing umpteen problems at the workplace. The managements were not providing minimum facilities to them. More so, women employees and workers were underpaid. The Acts to protect the women were not being implemented properly despite tall claims made by the governments. Consequently, the women, who fought for their rights, were being harassed, she said.

The globalisation has badly hit the agriculture sector in the country. The employment opportunities in agriculture sector have dwindled. And, at the same time, migrations from villages to urban areas increased. The rural women were either turning into house maids or working as clerks or daily wage workers. The unorganised sector was the biggest employment provider for the migrant women. Even the railway was recruiting the workers on contract basis. At this juncture, though the women were working on par with the men, basic facilities and wages were not being provided, she said.

The government widely publicised the women would get employment with reforms.

On the contrary, 2.6 crore women lost their jobs in agriculture sector, while 2 crore lost in unorganised sector according to an ILO survey. It was need of the hour to scrap outsourcing, daily wage and contract systems. PF, ESI, medical etc facilities should be provided to the workers, she demanded.

Committee city convener Ch. V. R. Kusuma, AIDWA city secretary K. Sridevi, CITU city president R. Ajay Kumar, general secretary Muzzaffer Ahmed and others spoke.

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