Shop and mall workers in the city have resolved to assert their rights and insist on strict implementation of eights hours a day work for all of them and payment of overtime as per rules if they were asked to work for extra hours.

A resolution to this effect was adopted unanimously at the first district conference of the AITUC-affiliated Visakhapatnam Shop and Malls Workers’ Union held at Visakha Public Library on Tuesday. The conference also adopted separate resolutions on implementation of provident fund and ESI, issuing of appointment order to all the workers, providing washrooms and dining room, sanction of maternity leave to women employees and night dropping facility if women workers were asked to work beyond 8 p.m. They also wanted identity cards to all and an insurance coverage of Rs.5 lakh for all of them.

Speaking at the meeting, AITUC State secretary Kirla Krishna Rao said they could assert their rights if they remained united. He said the workers need to know about their rights for leading a decent life and safeguard their self-respect. He said deduction of provident fund would make them eligible for employees’ pension scheme for which AITUC was trying to enhance the minimum monthly pension to Rs.3,000.

AITUC State secretary Kirla Krishna Rao says workers can assert their rights if they remain united