Responding to the World Federation of Trade Unions’ (WFTU) call for the International Action Day demanding basic rights for the working class, members of the Joint Committee of Trade Unions in the city on Wednesday staged a protest demonstration in front of Town Hall.
Later, a delegation of members met Governor H.R. Bhardwaj and submitted a memorandum listing the problems being faced by the working class.
General Secretary of the State unit of Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) S. Prasanna Kumar said the Indian working class was being deprived of their right to food, potable water, education, free healthcare and housing.
Demanding that right to food should be considered as a basic and fundamental right, Mr. Kumar said: “With food prices having increased dramatically, it has become difficult for the working class to make two ends meet. Food production must be planned on the basis of the required nutritional needs of people.”
Quoting the memorandum, Mr. Kumar said it was unfortunate that a majority of people have no access to clean water and sanitation facilities.