Special Correspondent

KADAPA: AITUC State secretary Thulasendra on Friday demanded that the Central government constitute a corpus fund at the national level for the welfare of unorganised workers.

Launching relay hunger strike by AITUC members before Kadapa Collectorate, he demanded an enactment to ensure the welfare of family members of workers who meet with accidents while discharging duties. He also demanded withdrawal of foreign direct investment in banks. The Central government's policies were putting workers as well as general people to hardships, he alleged.

The government was extending sops to corporate bodies, but failing to protect the interests of farmers whose lands were taken over for special economic zones. Mr. Thulasendra demanded steps to curtail the skyrocketing prices of essential commodities and scrapping of outsourced and contractual appointments.

The AITUC leader demanded issue of identity cards to workers, enhancement of charges payable to mid-day meal agencies at the rate of Rs. 10 per student and wage hike to Aasha workers. AITUC district president I. Adinarayana, secretary Ramasubbaiah and leaders of APSRTC, Building Construction, Aasha workers and Mid-day Meals Unions participated.

TNTUC dharna

Meanwhile, the TNTUC members staged dharna before Kadapa Collectorate accusing the Government of adopting anti-worker policies.

TNTUC State president Himasekhar Babu and district president S.A. Sattar opposed the Second Labour Commission alleging that it was aimed at usurping away the workers' rights. Workers appointed on outsourced and contractual basis were being paid paltry wages, they lamented. The recent hike in petrol and diesel prices would have a cascading effect and would lead to further rise in prices of essential commodities, they said.

They accused the government of encouraging private companies and looking down upon the public sector workers. They demanded proper implementation of labour laws and steps to safeguard the interests of workers. TNTUC district secretary K. Sreenu, city secretary K. Chalama Reddy and Auto Workers Union functionaries participated.