The trend of the private sector steel companies to increasingly outsource work process and convert several categories of workers into non-union category came under fire at the two-day workshop on organising non-manual workers in the Indian steel industry that got under way here on Saturday.

There was a need to unite non-manual workers and contract workers in the Indian steel industry for betterment of their living conditions, national secretary of INTUC Mantri Rajasekhar said at the workshop.

The workers could protect their rights only when they were organised otherwise they would end up being exploited by their employers, he said.

The workshop was being organised by global labour union IndusriALL, which had a membership of 50 million across 140 countries.

Regional secretary South Asian Region of IndusriALL Sudershan Rao Sarde inaugurated the workshop and elaborated on the technological, economical, social and cultural transformation that were resulting in fast changes at the workplace affecting the working and living conditions of workers.

D Appa Rao, R Prakash Goud and P Murthy Yadav from INTUC, and Appalaraju from HMS were among the 30 trade union leaders from AP, Chhattisgarh, Jharkand and Odisha participating in the workshop.