Special Correspondent

`SEZ proving a curse to small farmers and workers'

Srikakulam: To mark May Day, local trade unions, including the Centre for Indian Trade Unions, All India Trade Union Congress and their affiliated bodies, organised rallies in the town on Tuesday. Starting at the diamond park and led by CITU leaders,V. G. K. Murthy and Ravikumar, the rally went through the main streets. Participants raised slogans in support of workers.

Rajahmundry: Communist Party of India (CPI), CPI(M) and affiliated trade unions took out huge rallies on Tuesday.

The CPI hoisted flags near Jattu labour union office, party office, Tadithota, Kothapeta, municipal office, Lalacheruvu, government hospital, vegetable market and ESI hospital centres.

Around 11 a.m. hundreds of labour, union leaders and CPI workers, under the leadership of party district secretary Meesala Satyanarayana, Ketha Apparao, Kirla Krishna, Potula Satyanarayana, Stanli Chowdary, Muppalla Subbarao and Setty Latchalu, took out a huge rally. The rally went through Kotipalli bus stand, main road, Devi Chowk, vegetable market and reached Kotagummam.

Speaking on this occasion, Meesala Satyanarayana recalled the sacrifices made by the labour in London, Chicago and other places, out of which the May Day was celebrated world wide. He asked the workers to fight for their rights in each trade.

Land acquisition

Kakinada: The SEZ was proving a curse to the small ryots and workers as well, as the ryots are deprived of the land and the workers of their livelihood, according to T.Madhu, CPI area secretary.

Addressing the May Day rally here on Tuesday, he said, the authorities were now acquiring 2,000 more acres of land for the SEZ, which needed to be stopped immediately in the interest of the workers and small ryots. He regretted that the workers rights were usurped gradually in the backdrop of Globalisation and Liberalisation. The May Day rally that started at RTO road centre has passed trough main streets of the city and culminated at Jagannadhapuram Labour Park. Later, addressing the Kedia overseas workers union at Vakalapudi centre, as its honorary president T. Madhu that demanded the oil companies increase the wages of workers and provide them job guarantee. K. Sivaiah, union president, chaired the meeting. Workers union secretary K Venkatrao and Joint Secretary Chandrasekhar spoke.

VIZIANAGARAM: Rallies and union leaders' appeal to workers to remain united marked the May Day celebrations in the district on Tuesday. CITU and INTUC took out rallies separately and organised meetings at various places in the town. Prakasam Park, rickshaw and auto stands, Aruna Jute Mill and railway station areas virtually turned red with union flags.

CPI(M) district secretary M. Krishna Murty, while calling upon workers to remain united , said it was unfortunate that workers were now forced to demonstrate for protecting their legally provided rights. The Minimum Wages Act was not being implemented and outsourcing was being encouraged, thus putting workers to tension over their job security. Already PSUs turning loss-making units due to globalisation, he said. CITU general secretary M. Srinivasa addressed meetings.