They take out rally raising slogans in support of their demands
A tense situation prevailed at the Collectorate on Tuesday as hundreds of workers of various public sector undertakings and private companies staged a dharna at the Collectorate on Tuesday demanding a solution to their problems.
The participants were from various organisations like Visakhapatnam Port Trust (VPT), Naval Dockyard, Ship Building Centre and Military Engineering Service (MES), Hindustan Shipyard, HPCL, Hindustan Zinc Limited, BHPV, Visakhapatnam Steel Plant, Railways, Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC), Rain Calcining Limited (RCL) and Andhra Petrochemicals.
The agitating workers obstructed the movement of officials and staff into the Collectorate for sometime. They were removed by the police.
Addressing the agitating workers, Centre for Indian Trade Unions (CITU), Greater Visakha Nagara Committee president P. Venkata Reddy and general secretary M. Jaggu Naidu said that contract workers were rendering services in production and extension works and in key areas in various organisations. In some organisations their numbers were more than permanent workers.
He said that the contractors were not paying minimum wages, PF and ESI besides not implementing various labour laws.
The scant respect for safety has led to a rise in accidentsresulting in growing number of deaths of contract workers. The contractors and managements were not bothered about their safety and working conditions.
The prices of essential commodities were skyrocketing and rents were also on the rise in the city. The contract workers were leading miserable lives with the non-increase in their wages. He appealed to the District Collector to consider the demands and alleviate the problems of contract workers.
Earlier, the contract workers took out a rally from the Saraswathi Park to the Collectorate via Jagadamba junction raising slogans in support of their demands.
The main demands of the workers include: payment of minimum wages as per GO 47 of the Government of India, payment of wages and amenities on par with regular workers, payment of VDA for contract workers in AP once in every six months and payment of wages in accordance with the post held by the contract worker.