A worker in the unorganised sector should get Rs. 10,000 as minimum salary

Workers from the unorganised sector affiliated to the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) staged a demonstration outside the office of the Deputy Commissioner here on Thursday to protest against alleged “anti-labour” policies of the State government. A worker in the unorganised sector ought to get Rs. 10,000 as minimum salary as per the Government Order, they demanded.

The protesters placed a list containing several demands before the government, in a memorandum to the Chief Minister. It was unfortunate that the State government instead of solving the issues of the working class was placing hurdles, they alleged. No meeting was convened after the constitution of an expert committee to finalise the salary structure with a minimum pay of Rs. 10,000. The Department of Labour too was dilly-dallying on this score, they alleged.

Though the social security measures announced by the government should have been initiated for the benefit of workers in the unorganised sector, no action was taken in this connection in the last two years, they blamed.

Some of their other demands include confirmation of services of those who have worked more than 10 years in government organisations, releasing adequate grant to pay minimum wages to gram panchayat workers, issuing ration cards and free sites to all workers, providing benefits such as ESI and PF, fixing pension for workers, providing maternity leave up to 180 days on a par with government employees, and withdrawing of cases registered against workers for indulging in strikes.

The gram panchayat workers (who were part of the protest), rallying under the banner of the Karnataka Gram Panchayat Noukarara Sangha, affiliated to CITU, in a memorandum addressed to the Chief Executive Officer of the Mysore Zilla Panchayat, demanded the implementation of the minimum wage fixed for them by the State government along with Dearness Allowance.

They alleged that in spite of the government fixing the minimum wage, officials in the panchayats were reluctant to implement the order. Demonstrations were held in the past but to no avail, they said.

All panchayat workers must be given the benefit of provident fund, panchayat secretaries must be promoted and services of bill collectors who had put in over 10 years of service must be confirmed, the members said in the memorandum.

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