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FIGHTING FOR WAGES: Beedi workers taking out a procession in Shimoga on Thursday in support of their demand for minimum wages.
FIGHTING FOR WAGES: Beedi workers taking out a procession in Shimoga on Thursday in support of their demand for minimum wages.

Special Correspondent

They demand implementation of Minimum Wages Act

SHIMOGA: The beedi workers (rollers) held a demonstration here on Thursday in support of their demands.

They took out a procession from Ramanna Shetty Park and staged a dharna on the premises of the Deputy Commissioner's office where they presented a memorandum to the district administration.

Their demands include minimum wages, issuance of the welfare card and the log books to all beedi workers to claim the benefits offered as the welfare measures, deduction of the Provident Fund from their wages and the introduction of pension scheme.

The memorandum said there were 5,000 workers working in 20 beedi factories in Tirthahalli, Shimoga, Bhadravati, Hosnagar and Sagar taluks in the district since long. It regretted that there had been no response to their representations in this regard. The demonstration was organised by the Shimoga District General and Industrial Workers' Union.

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