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For a cause:Trade union activists staging a protest at sub-collector's office in Vijayawada on Friday.
For a cause:Trade union activists staging a protest at sub-collector's office in Vijayawada on Friday.

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It is against ‘anti-people' policies of Central and State governments

Among other things, they are seeking steps to check price rise

National fund for protection of farm workers sought

VIJAYAWADA: Trade unions affiliated to the Congress, TDP, CPI and CPI (M) came together on Friday to participate in Jail Bharo agitation against the “anti-people” policies of Central and State governments.

Activists of the Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) affiliated to the Congress, the Telugu Nadu Trade Union Council (TNTUC) affiliated to the Telugu Desam Party, the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) affiliated to the Communist Party of India, the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) affiliated to the CPI (Marxist) and the independent Hind Mazdoor Sabha gathered in good numbers at the sub-collector's office to court arrest.

Disinvestment

The mix of colourful flags of these trade unions reflecting the popular colours of the parties they represent, such as red, tri-colour and yellow, made the passers-by take a keen look at the protest programme and the demands they made. The activists wanted the Central and State governments to take measures to bring down the prices of essential commodities and protect the rights of workers in industries and allied sectors. They particularly demanded rollback of disinvestments from public sector undertakings and create a national fund for the protection of agricultural workers and those working in unorganised sector.

CITU Krishna district secretary D.V. Krishna, AITUC State secretary T. Lakshmi Narayana, INTUC Krishna district president Panuku Seshagiri Rao, HMS leader B. Swamicharan and others addressed the participants. They said that the unity demonstrated by the trade unions in fighting for the rights of workers was a positive sign.

The police arrested the protesters and later released them on personal surety.


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