Working class suffering the most due to ‘regressive' policies: trade unions

The All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) and the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) took out a procession to mark May Day here on Tuesday.

Flags, banners

Members waving their respective trade union flags and banners converged on Gandhi Square and marched via Ashoka Road and Irwin Road, raising slogans against the “anti-labour” policies of the State and Union governments.

The procession culminated outside the Mysore Palace where a public meeting was held. They alleged that the working class was suffering the most due to the “regressive” policies of the United Progressive Alliance government such as globalisation and liberalisation.

They alleged that the Union government was “favouring” corporate bodies by extending concessions in every budget. However, on the other hand, it was burdening common people by hiking the prices of fuel, LPG, fertilizer, seeds and pesticides.

The members said that workers had been fighting for justice for many years and that they would never stop fighting.

Efforts recalled

They recalled the efforts of 11 trade unions in the country, which organised a nationwide stir on February 28 to press for the fulfilment of their demands. They accused the BJP government in the State of not solving the problems of the working class.

The leaders of the trade unions ridiculed the BJP government of making efforts to “retain” power in the State by indulging in resort politics, casteism, looting the State's natural wealth and encouraging the real estate business. The government had also failed to tackle the drought situation, they alleged.

May Day was celebrated by several organisations, including insurance corporation employees' associations, builders' associations, industrial employees' unions and construction workers' associations.

A few senior workers were felicitated for their services at these functions.

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