Unskilled workers in shops and establishment, affiliated to CITU, have decided to stage a dharna at the Collector’s Office on January 7 demanding implementation of labour laws and minimum wages. T. Suryanarayana, CITU general secretary, told a press conference on Friday that the government was not keen to implement minimum wages to workers in shops and commercial establishment despite spiralling prices of essential commodities. An unskilled worker was to pay Rs.214 per day and a worker in shop Rs.6,500 per month. But they were not getting the wages as per norms, he alleged. Moreover, the workers were forced to work for four or five hours beyond the eight hours without any remuneration. There are 70,000 workers working in shops and establishments in the district. He demanded that they be provided social security schemes such as ESI, PF besides strict implementation of labour legislations in force.

At a separate press conference, M. Srinviasa, honorary president of Sri Sarvaraya National Mill Workers’ Union demanded settlement of provident fund to the mill workers. Themill was closed some five or six years ago and the PF amount of Rs.5.48crore remained unsettled till date.