Rallies and hoisting of the red flag by members of trade unions marked the May Day celebrations in Prakasam district on Wednesday.

Members of the working class enthusiastically hoisted the red flag at every street corner and vowed to carry on a relentless struggle against the policies of Liberlisation, privatisation and globalisation pursued vigorously by the Union and State Governments. They expressed concern over the rights of workers achieved after a long-drawn struggle, infringed upon over a period, turning even the minuscule organised section of workers into unorganised labour.

Children hogged the limelight with a scintillating ''Kolatam'' performance during the May day celebrations held by the Indian Federation of Trade Unions(IFTU).

Rally taken out

Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) district secretary Ch. Srinivasa Rao led an impressive rally from the RTC bus stand.

The activists raised slogans denouncing the anti-labour policies of the Union and state governments.

CPI(ML) New Democracy district secretary Ch. Venkateswarulu lamented that the ''anti-labour'' policies of the Kiran Kumar Reddy government were responsible for retrenchment of workers by sick Small and Medium Enterprises in the wake of acute power shortage.

The IFTU activists raised slogans demanding that the government take steps to enforce labour laws strictly and ensure social security for labourers in unorganised sectors.

Dalit outfits at a meeting recalled the contributions of Constitution architect B.R. Ambedkar for upholding the rights of workers.

Labour laws now in vogue were result of his legal acumen and this had not been acknowledged by the communists, lamented Basa monthly editor S.A.Vidyasagar.

Dr Ambedkar had considered Brahminism and capitalism as both inimical to the working class, said Dalit Hakula Parirakshana Samiti Prakasam district president Neelam Nagender Rao.

  • Children hog the limelight with a scintillating Kolatam performance

  • Contribution of Ambedkar for upholding rights of workers recalled