Demanding that the minimum wages board must be constituted without any further delay, activists of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Friday staged a dharna in front of the Labour Department office at Godarigunta.

Addressing the agitating party workers, CPI leader T.S. Prakash said once the government used to constitute the board once in every two years and later it had been delayed for five years.

“Now, even after seven years, no new board has been constituted. There is a huge gap between the income and expenditure of the labourers, as the prices of the oil and commodities has been increasing every day,” he said, adding that the present crisis was making the lives of the labourers miserable. President and general secretary of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) district unit G. Baby Rani and D.S. Babjee said the agitation by the Regency workers was the result of the hardships undergone by the workers.

“To prevent such incidents, the officials must respond in time and address the problems of the labourers,” they said.

Memorandum

Later, a memorandum was submitted to the department officials seeking immediate constitution of the board.

Party workers stage a dharna at Labour Department Office