Contract workers of Birla-owned Rajashree Cements at Malkhed in Sedam taluk in the district resorted to ‘Gandhigiri’ on Wednesday by offering flowers to district authorities to press for their demands.

The demands include payment of wages according to the Cement Wage Board and regularisation of their services.

“Despite being threatened of suspension, retrenchment and denial of employment, as well as our children not being allowed to go to schools run by the factory, we want to pursue the path of Mahatma Gandhi through a non-violent agitation,” said president of Shramajeevigala Vedike Chandrasekhar Hiremath, who is spearheading the agitation. He said the “unfair” labour practice followed by the factory was exposed by the then Assistant Commissioner of Sedam sub-division D.K. Ravi in the detailed inquiry report.

The district administration should ensure payment of wages according to the Cement Wage Board to contract workers and also regularise their services, he said. “We will wait for a fortnight for the district administration to act and undo the injustice. If there was no action taken, we would launch an indefinite fast outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office,” Mr. Hiremath added.

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