Trade unions affiliated to CITU, AITUC and IFTU unfurled respective union flags at their offices, took out rallies from separate points in the fort town, and addressed gatherings on Wednesday. While the CITU took out a rally from K. P. Temple to Prakasam Park, IFTU took out a rally from its union office near railway station to the NGO Home. Among those participated in the rallies include P. Prasad, IFTU state secretary, CPI (M) district secretary M. Krishna Murty. At the separate meetings, they called upon workers to fight for their rights and criticised the anti-worker policies of the central and state governments. They said severe power cuts in the state forced some units to declare layoffs. At other places, many a number of unions tied buntings in red on all major roads and hoisted union flags as part of May Day celebrations.
At the official meeting in Collector’s Auditorium, Collector M. Veerabrahmaiah distributed cheques for Rs. 1lakh each to two partially crippled construction workers and for Rs.12.30lakhs to kin of 41 woekrs died naturally, Rs. 3lakhs as maternity assistance to 60women, Rs. 2.20lakhs as marriage gifts to 44 couples, and Rs. 5.23lakhs from Workers’ Welfare Fund to 417students.
The Collector called upon workers to unite and fight for rights bestowed to them legally and asked them to refresh their knowledge with labour legislations. Deputy Commissioner of Labour Anand Rao said that workers who registered and received ID cards from Labour Department would be protected as per the law.